Three UK to Invest Over £2bn into 5G

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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.

Dave Dyson, CEO, Three UK
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.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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