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Three UK and SSE Sign Deal to Upgrade Network for 4G and 5G Mobile

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 (10:00 am) - Score 6,773

Mobile operator Three UK has today announced a new contract with SSE Enterprise Telecoms, which will initially see the latter facilitating fibre optic connections to 20 of the mobile operator’s core data centres. The deal helps to enhance capacity for their existing 4G network and prepare it for 5G.

The first 5G based Mobile Broadband services aren’t due to be commercially deployed in the United Kingdom until 2020 but operators are already conducting work to prepare themselves, not least because it will be capable of delivering multi-Gigabit data speeds to end-users. At the same time the demand on their 4G network is also rising (currently averaging 6.8GB data usage per month) and a more capable core network should help to cater for that growth.

Apparently the new data centre connection contract is part of a multi-million pound phased agreement that will also see SSE Enterprise Telecoms and Three UK unbundle BT exchanges in the coming years.

Colin Sempill, MD of SSE Enterprise Telecoms, said:

“Our continued investment has made us the go-to network provider to help UK businesses unlock their growth potential. As a connectivity provider, we understand how integral network infrastructure is to allow technologies like 5G to reach their vast potential. We’re excited at the opportunity to assist Three UK in its journey to bring unrivalled experiences to its customers while offering new connection options to our own.”

Bryn Jones, CTO at Three UK, said:

“We are putting our network on the best footing possible to meet the current and future demands of consumers. Our customers use up to 3.5 times more data than the rest of the UK, a demand which is only going to increase as we move towards a 5G world. The decision to select SSE Enterprise Telecoms to assist us on this journey was straightforward. Their knowledge and ambitions for UK connectivity were clear and made them the natural choice.”


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16 Responses
  1. Avatar Tim says:

    Nobody cares. Three are dead in the water already.

    1. Avatar David Jeffrey says:

      Nobody cares? Three currently carries 36% of ALL mobile data traffic in the UK…

    2. Avatar Mike says:

      As long as they offer unlimited data packages they will remain king of the hill.

      5G may see bigger data sims from EE but until then…

    3. Avatar Billy Bunter says:

      not as dead as your comments it seems.

  2. Avatar Onephat says:

    With the 5G potential capacity 3 have I’d say there likely to be anything but dead in the water

    1. Avatar 2020 says:

      Mate Three Owns one of the highest percentage. Literally three is coming out out the tap everywhere! Even Vodafone tried knock up the bid on the auction high and Three went for it.
      If someone that big says that they ll reach certain level by 2020. Trust me they will. Proper Elite run company that is.

  3. Avatar Arlene says:

    A dont no what 5g is but been with three for up to ten years my phone still works get new on every two year so am happy good being happy

  4. Avatar Ahmed says:

    There network is a rubbish

    1. Avatar Craig says:

      Who are you with then?

  5. Avatar Ahmed sl says:

    Threes service bad

    1. Avatar Craig says:

      Who are you with then?

  6. Avatar A Non says:

    I wonder whether we’ll see Three as an ISP (like EE, BT, Vodafone) and, if so, whether that’ll be wired or wireless.

  7. Avatar Michael V says:

    I don’t get all this trashing on Three. They have really improved coverage with the launch of VOLTE. They’ve done well here in Wales. They may not have a strong LTE position, but they have loads of capacity for when 5G-NR launches. Their 3G-HSPA speeds are really good as well as 4G-LTE. They aren’t perfect but niether are the other three mobile network operators.

    1. Avatar asrab uddin says:

      Agree – last few years on 4G i have been getting between 50-70 mbits down 25mbits up

  8. Avatar Rich says:

    I wouldn’t consider any network other than Three. I’ve not had any signal issues out and about, id go as far as saying even on 1 bar I can still connect fine, my signal on EE for work is far worse. They have significantly improved their Customer Service over the last few years, not had any issues when i’ve needed to contact them. Far far from dead!

  9. Avatar bubblegun says:

    The best networks where I live for coverage/reliability are firstly O2 – the only network to give a reliable indoor signal.

    Vodafone are similar but indoor seems patchier.

    Everyone I know loses signal on 3 and EE near me, both indoors and out so the high data usage plans are useless.

    I’m not rural. It’s a medium sized town to the south of Glasgow.

    I do hope that the extra 2.3Ghz spectrum that O2 have picked up will improve the data speeds of their network.

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