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Three UK Appoint David Hennessy as Chief Technology Officer

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 (10:02 am) - Score 2,568
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Mobile operator Three UK has today announced the appointment of David Hennessy to be their new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The new chief will oversee the company’s major £2bn+ investment programme that aims to build “the UK’s fastest 5G network” for mobile broadband services.

David has been the CTO of Three Ireland since 2008 and will now lead a dual role in the Technology and Operations functions across both UK and Irish businesses, responsible for the network and IT systems. He will replace Susan Buttsworth, Three UK’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), who is due to leave the operator in June 2021 after working within CK Hutchison for 25 years in a number of roles across the Group (the role of COO will not be replaced).

The move comes shortly after Three UK secured an additional 2×10MHz of paired frequency spectrum in the 700MHz band for £280m during Ofcom’s recent 5G focused auction (here), which will no doubt help with their future rural coverage and voice service improvements.

Robert Finnegan, CEO of Three UK and Three Ireland, said:

“I am delighted that David is taking on the CTO role across both our UK and Irish businesses. David’s depth of experience will be invaluable to improving the network experience to bring better connectivity, every day, for every customer.”

However, it’s worth noting that the final outcome of Ofcom’s recent auction (due soon), may give rivals a similarly large contiguous block of 5G friendly spectrum to the one that Three UK already has, which could remove some of the operator’s advantage.

On the other hand, being the fastest network is about more than just spectrum ownership, it’s also about issues such as network infrastructure availability and having enough backhaul capacity to fuel your cell sites to support ultrafast speeds etc. At present Three UK has some of the weakest 5G coverage of all the big players.

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11 Responses
  1. Avatar Edward Hunter says:

    This is great news, but I’m still waiting for Apple Watch support and esim, hopefully this new guy will hurry up a bit !!!

  2. Avatar Ig Og says:

    Have 3 done this before, had the same employee in UK and Ireland? Hope they make some progress now.

    1. Avatar Buggerlugz says:

      Any progress would be good let alone some.

  3. Avatar Carl says:

    Hopefully this speeds up the rollout considering Ireland has somewhat 50% population 5g coverage if I’m correct?

    I feel we have about 1% at the moment, and even then it’s over fields, not populated areas where it is needed.

    1. Avatar Edward Hunter says:

      I currently have 3 5G home broadband band and I’m get between 300 & 550 mbs in Cannock chase,

    2. Avatar Carl says:

      I live on the edge of Chesters 5g coverage. It doesn’t even cover the city, it covers fields in the opposite way.

      I can intermittently pick up 125-240 5g if I position my phone weirdly in the back window or walk up the road a bit.

      Otherwise, it’s decent 4g signal.

  4. Avatar Buggerlugz says:

    I think three deliberately point 5G towards fields so it enables less people to connect because that’s the only way they can say they’re the UK’s fastest 5G, if they put it to work “effectively” in towns or cities, they wouldn’t be.

    1. Avatar Connor says:

      Three actually cover most of the areas I visit nowadays with 5G and while it’s not even an argument that their 4G network is terrible in most areas here their 5G network is genuinely the fastest at least in Wolverhampton. Usually get between 500 to a gigabit in areas they list on their coverage map.

      Though they’ve also improved backhaul here with the CityFibre rollout so I’ve probably got best case.

    2. Avatar Buggerlugz says:

      If the 4G network is terrible in most areas, I can only think of how dire it must be in Wolverhampton if the 5G is actually half decent.

  5. Avatar Martin says:

    I have three months left on my home broadband and mobile contracts with Three and both are going on the first day. Everything is just too unreliable and when it is working the performance is just terrible and I am in Birmingham. I have no faith in this company and fully expect their 5G to go the same way as 4G. I like the comment above about 5G pointing into fields. The Three website says my postcode can now get 5G but look on the coverage map and I am on the edge and the best signal is completely covering a local park. At least the ducks will get a good signal to stream Netflix because I can’t.

    1. Avatar Carl says:

      Its disappointing but true. This is how they can vouch to have the fastest 5g, because nobody is in direct reach of it.

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