Three UK has completed a number of key steps in its network improvement programme, as part of a wider £2bn+ infrastructure investment, in preparation for the advent of 5G.
As part of its network upgrade the telecoms operator said it has;
- Acquired the UK’s leading 5G spectrum portfolio
- Signed an agreement for the rollout of new cell site technology to prepare major urban areas for the rollout of 5G devices, as well as enhance the 4G experience
- Built a super high-capacity dark fibre network, which connects 20 new, energy efficient and highly secure data centres
- Deployed a world-first – a 5G-ready, fully integrated cloud native core network in the new data centres, which at launch will have an initial capacity of 1.2TB/s, a three-fold increase from today’s capacity, and can scale further, cost effectively and quickly.
- Rolled out carrier aggregation technology on 2,500 sites in busiest areas, improving speeds for customers
Thanks to these developments, Three will deliver a faster, more reliable mobile phone service to its customers and is best placed to provide a market-leading 5G service due to its substantial 5G spectrum portfolio. The first commercial quantities of 5G smartphone and home broadband devices are expected to be available by H2 2019.