Orange tops 300,000 3G subs, targets 1.5 million by year end

17 Jan 2006

Mobile operator Orange UK says it has signed up 300,000 3G users and maintains that it is on target to reach 1.5 million W-CDMA subscribers by the end of 2006. The cellco says that 22% of all new users in the final quarter of 2005 opted for a 3G package. Orange says that its 3G network now covers 70% of the UK population, whilst it has agreed W-CDMA international roaming agreements with operators in 18 countries. Orange launched 3G service in the UK in early December 2004, a month after rival Vodafone inaugurated its own UMTS operations. It did not launch its first 3G pre-paid service until October 2005, introducing a range of seven handsets with prices starting at GBP79.99.

United Kingdom, EE