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Three UK announces 5G rollout has now reached 193 towns

Saf Malik
February 26, 2021

The Operator has also boosted its 4G connections

Three UK has announced it has extended its 5G roll out to 193 towns and 1,250 5G sites.

Locations include Brentwood, Chorley, and Gateshead and the extension is part of a five-year programme to deliver the UK’s fastest 5G network.

This is up from 1,000 sites at the end of last year with hundreds more expected to come before the end of 2021.

4G enhancements

The network added that its 4G connectivity has received a boost with the addition of 20MHz of 1400MHz spectrum added to 1500 sites in Three UK’s portfolio.

Three says this will increase download speeds by up to three times for approximately four million customers.

Approximately four million customers with a 1400MHz band capable device will benefit from speed improvement when connecting to a site with the technology. Devices include iPhone 11 and 12 ranges, Google Pixel range, and Samsung’s S8, S9, S9, S10 S20, S21 ranges; as well as the OnePlus and Oppo devices.

As part of the first stage of the Shared Rural Network (SRN), Three also announced it is building 74 new sites in partnership with O2 and Vodafone to deliver a total of 222 new mobile masts to boost rural coverage across the United Kingdom.

Three UK COO Susan Buttsworth said: “We have made solid progress at the start of 2021 and are meeting our goal to deliver better connectivity, every day, for every customer.

“Our 5G rollout has made excellent progress with 1250 sites across 193 towns and cities and we’ve made strong improvements to boost the 4G experience for our customers, which has never been more vital with virtual working and homeschooling.”

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