Three UK outlines plans to boost mobile broadband speed

1 Mar 2012

The UK’s smallest mobile network operator, Hutchison 3G UK, which trades under the ‘Three’ banner, has announced that it is in the process of finalising its upgrade process for the introduction of higher-speed HSPA+ technology. According to the operator, it is already offering theoretical downlink speeds of up to 42Mbps, thought to be via Dual Carrier HSPA+(DC-HSPA) technology, as a test along a small part of the M3 corridor and south west London, with a nationwide rollout expected to commence ‘later this summer’. In a statement on its blog regarding the development, the company said that the upgrade would help it to create the capacity to offer a high quality service in the face of increased demand for data from its subscribers.

Alongside confirming the upgrade to its existing infrastructure, Three also used the opportunity to confirm that it is planning to run trials of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology ‘in the next few months’ as it looks to prepare for the introduction of true 4G services when suitable spectrum is made available.

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