Three to cover 98% of Wales with 4G by 2017

10 Jun 2015

Three UK is set to use 800MHz spectrum to extend its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) footprint in Wales between now and 2017. Tech Week Europe quotes Three UK’s Justin Bass as saying: ‘The addition of 4G on new low frequency spectrum will further improve connectivity across Wales and once complete, 98% of the Welsh population will enjoy an even better experience on our network.’ Meanwhile, the site observes that rival cellco Vodafone expects to cover 94% of the Welsh population with 3G and 4G once its current investment plan for the country is completed.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in December 2014 all four major UK operators committed to invest a combined GBP5 billion (USD7.7 billion) in their respective network infrastructure to eliminate areas of poor coverage following intervention from Ofcom. Each operator will be required to offer voice and SMS services to 90% of the UK’s land mass by 2017.

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