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5G - Three Boss Says Mobile Can Compete With Broadband

Three's CEO Dave Dyson

Three UK has completed a number of key steps in its network improvement programme, as part of a wider £2 billion+ infrastructure investment, in preparation for the advent of 5G - which could come to market in 2019.

5G will mean better services for consumers and business and for the first time, wireless home broadband will be a genuine alternative to fixed line fibre services, claimed Three's CEO Dave Dyson this week (ending November 9).

 

Confidence

Dyson's confidence stems from his company's acquisition of the UK’s leading 5G spectrum position (put our to auction by the government), new 5G radio equipment and cell site upgrades, high-capacity dark fibre network, the world’s first end-to-end cloud-based core network and other new digital systems.

 

Data demand

5G technology will provide the capacity to meet the anticipated future demand for data, with UK consumers expected to be using 13 times more mobile data in 2025 than today. Three’s customers are particularly data-hungry, already using 3.5x more data per month than the industry average.

Three's fully integrated cloud native core network in new data centres, will, at launch have an initial capacity of 1.2TB/s, a three-fold increase from today’s capacity. The firms has also rolled out carrier aggregation technology on 2,500 sites in busiest areas, improving speeds for customers.

Three is supporting the government’s ambition to roll out 5G as quickly as possible and is working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to break down the barriers hampering an accelerated rollout, such as current planning legislation for mobile sites and access to public sites.

Dyson said: “We have always led on mobile data and 5G is another game changer. Also described as wireless fibre, 5G delivers a huge increase in capacity together with ultra-low latency. It opens up new possibilities in home broadband and industrial applications, as well as being able to support the rapid growth in mobile data usage."

 

Demand

Dyson continued: “This is a major investment into the UK’s digital infrastructure. UK consumers have an insatiable appetite for data and 5G unlocks significant capability to meet that demand. These investments are the latest in a series of important building blocks to deliver the best end to end data experience for our customers.”

 

4G

Three recently upgraded over 2,700 sites across the UK to boost existing 4G data speeds by up to 33% - targeting areas experiencing high growth in mobile internet demand. London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Glasgow are among the cities to benefit.

The technology responds to mobile internet use in real-time, activated during periods of high data demand. Around 50% of the devices on Three’s network support carrier aggregation technology and they will experience the most significant improvement in service.

Consumers using certain devices will know they are using the new technology because they will see a 4G+ sign on their phone.

 

Curious bedfellows

This follows an announcement in September where Three UK, O2 and SSE Enterprise Telecoms released details of a fibre agreement that will form the basis of enhanced fibre access in London, paving the way for further 4G and 5G deployment by connecting cell sites and masts through Thames Water’s waste water network.

Picture: Three's CEO Dave Dyson: “UK consumers have an insatiable appetite for data and 5G unlocks significant capability to meet that demand.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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