Three Plans 4G Rollout in UK CitiesAdded: Monday, September 23rd, 2013
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London, Manchester and the Midlands were promised to get Three 4G in 2013, expanding to 98% of the population by the end of 2015. The speed and capacity of networks are also expected to improve with connections as fast as the average home broadband.
The British smallest mobile phone operator Three was last to announce the launch of 4G, promising to offer the services in 4 largest cities by the end of this year. The plan is to start in London, Manchester, Reading and Birmingham. More cities will follow by late 2014 as part of a plan to cover 98% of the country’s population with 4G services by the end of 2015.
In the meantime, EE already covers over 55% of the UK population, while O2 and Vodafone turned on their services in the end of summer. Three, despite starting later, won’t lose out, because in the early interim period it won’t make any difference. Apart from EE, the other networks will not have a significantly larger coverage area. Perhaps, Three will have larger blackspots for 4G coverage in the long term. The company is going to use a slice of the high-frequency 1800MHz band allocated for 4G which the mobile operator won in an auction overseen by telecoms regulator Ofcom.
Industry observers remind that EE was first to launch a 4G service in the country last October, well ahead of the Ofcom auction. The company did this by “re-farming” spectrum it already owned on the 1800MHz band. After its aggressive rollout, the broadband provider now covers over 100 cities around the United Kingdom and has more than 1 million subscribers using 4G.
O2 and Vodafone activated their 4G service in the end of August. O2’s services cover London, Leeds and Bradford, and the company promised 10 more cities by the end of 2013 and 98% of the population in the next 3 years. Vodafone only covers London, but the company also committed to covering another dozen cities by 2014.
Experts point out that 4G contracts can currently be got at a premium of around £5 per month over the average 3G data contract. However, Three is planning to attract new customers and retain its existing ones by offering 4G at the same price as 3G. Both calls and texts on 4G plans of all major mobile operators are unlimited as standard. This leaves mobile data allowance, extra value features like Spotify subscriptions, and price the only differentiators.
September 23rd,2013Posted by:
Monday, September 23rd, 2013
|Can't wait, will be alot faster than land line internet|
|posted by (2013-09-23 20:33:09)|
|love MY 4G|
|Only Cities? What about us that don't live in a city in the UK, When will we see 4G? Shame on the networks to just push for City 4G.||
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