H3G UK completes phase one of 3G network expansion/upgrade project

15 Oct 2010

British mobile network operator Hutchison 3G UK (H3G UK), which offers services under the ‘3’ banner, has announced that the first phase of its GBP400 million (USD640 million) 3G network upgrade plan has been completed. The cellco said that it has connected its 12,400th 3G base station, bringing its network coverage to around 97% following the addition of around 50,000 square kilometres of coverage under the project. In total the operator noted that the first phase of its upgrade plan had seen some 8.5 million man hours of work, with more than 3,300 engineers involved in the project. In addition H3G UK also highlighted that its expansion project has been achieved through the consolidation and upgrading of its equipment, alongside the sharing of infrastructure with other providers. The operator claims that its sharing initiatives have led to the reduction of around 5,000 active masts across the UK. Kevin Russell, H3G UK’s CEO, said of the development; ‘Thousands of people across the country have put in a phenomenal amount of work to build the UK’s biggest mobile broadband network. Smartphone and mobile broadband use is exploding and we have built a 3G network that reaches further than ever before, as well as bringing more capacity into urban areas where our customers need it most.’

United Kingdom, Hutchison 3G UK (Three UK)