Three Mobile to make network more reliable

By Steven Hawthorn on 02/02/15

Three Mobile has announced that it will launch 800MHz spectrum, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and small cells in a bid to make its network more reliable. 

Customers with the mobile operator will soon see better coverage as it focuses on making its network more reliable, with the potential to attract new customers. 

Director of network strategy at Three, Phil Sheppard said: “Our underlying objective is to be the most reliable network in the UK. That has been the focus for some time. 

“[Reliability] means you can talk and text anywhere, calls don’t drop, messages delivered properly, always able to use data, downloads are quick and when you’re viewing video there’s no buffering or stalling.”

The mobile operator revealed that it currently has 3.4 million mobile customers using its 4G mobile broadband out of its 8 million and claims that the service is available across 55% of the UK. 

Despite the increasing number of users, speeds are averaging at 18Mb. 

Three Mobile said that it would be increasing its masts from 14,200 to 17,000 by 2017 to ensure 100% of its network is connected by backhaul links to maintain its performance. 

Three’s VoLTE service will also be boosted to offer better quality calls to customers. 

It will also deploy 800MHz spectrum, which will assist with Three’s InTouch application that lets customers send texts and make calls over a WiFi connection. 

The spectrum is expected to boost coverage in some of the UK’s rural areas. 

Source: TechWeekEurope 

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