Three has began rolling out L-band spectrum throughout its infrastructure in a transfer that may enhance the efficiency of its 4G community.
The frequencies, acquired from Qualcomm in 2015, might be deployed at 6,000 of Three’s busiest websites, which charry 80 per cent of the site visitors despatched over its community.
These with a appropriate handset will see efficiency enhance by 150 per cent, whereas these with out will nonetheless see a bump of 50 per cent.
Three L-band spectrum
The rollout will happen over the following 4 years and can run concurrently with its 5G rollout. Three presently presents mounted wi-fi entry (FWA) broadband in central London, and can launch cellular information companies later this yr.
The common information consumption per consumer on Three has risen above 10GB a month for the primary time, which means the operator can ill-afford to disregard its 4G buyer. Lots of the 5G enhancements – such because the migration to a cloud-based core community – will profit 4G customers too, however new spectrum will assist bridge the hole.
Along with deploying new spectrum, Three is reframing 3G spectrum. Practically 12,500 websites will profit from this course of.
“Whereas we’re investing closely in 5G, 4G remains to be essential for our cellular and residential broadband companies,” stated Three CEO David Dyson. “These upgrades will guarantee our information hungry prospects are getting the very best 4G expertise as 5G rolls out.”
Three has been very vocal about its spectrum holdings, claiming its 100MHz of contiguous three.4GHz spectrum will imply it’s the solely UK operator able to offering “true 5G.”