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August 11, 2013

Three UK now sets sights on 4G, Great news for Customers

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Three confirmed plans to boost its mobile network with 4G superfast mobile services before the end of the year, although this will be later than its rivals in the UK. O2 has already said that its 4G network would go live at the end of August, becoming the second operator after EE to roll out superfast mobile, while Vodafone  revealed its plans earlier this week.

However, Three said it would simply add the 4G services for customers without changing contracts or charging extra, which is likely to set a benchmark for pricing in the UK for next-generation services that other operators hope will yield a premium.

Richard Woodward, Three’s chief financial officer, said all customers on a smartphone tariff with an enabled phone will be given 4G automatically by the end of the year.

Three UK customers data usage went up more than 50 per cent in a year, with customers using 1.5gb of data on average in the second quarter, underlining the need for robust and high-speed mobile networks.

He predicted that the introduction of new smartphones this autumn – when Apple is expected to launch its latest iPhone – would help boost smartphone customer numbers in the second half of the year.p>

“We’re attracting more and more customers, but importantly these are very engaged customers, delivering growth to the bottom line,”

said Mr Woodward.

The mobile group, which is the smallest of the four operators in the UK, added 168,000 customers in the second quarter. This increase in mobile users, alongside cost management initiatives, helped almost double earnings before interest, tax, depreciation etc. from £109m to £188m, with the margin rising from 11.8 percent to 18.8 percent.

We have heard that O2’s 4G will be on 800MHz so those customers with the iPhone 5 on O2 will not work.

 

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini