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February 17, 2014

Three opens 4G in more towns and cities across UK

4g_readyThree‘s 4G network is going live in more and more areas across the UK everyday – with users across the country reporting that they are now accessing Three’s 4G network.

Three themselves have yet to officially comment on the wider roll-out of their 4G network, but we know Three 4G is now live in Cardiff because the network is accessible from Three’s office (in the Cardiff Bay area).

While, users in Coventry, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Oxford have also reported to our sister site that they are now enjoying 4G at no extra cost

Three’s 4G coverage is far from Citywide, even in the places where the operator have officially confirmed that their 4G network is live (London, Manchester, Birmingham and Reading). But the roll-out to other towns and cities has begun and over the coming months coverage and speeds will continue to improve.

Staff in Three’s office in Cardiff benchmarked the 4G network using Ookla Speedtest on a Sony Xperia Z. The results showed it was delivering download speeds of 11.06Mb/s with an upload of 1.22Mb/s.


That’s slower than we would have expected and the coverage is pretty patchy. However, users in Oxford are reporting download speeds of up to 50mbps with upload speeds of around 12mbps.

Three have a page on How to get Three 4G on your phone or tablet if, you’re not sure how to get it. Users in Coventry, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Oxford have also reported to Three’s sister site that they are now enjoying 4G

Just to remind you of towns and cities that are getting 4G this year (2014) and check if yours is on the list, on the list below, the ones in bold have 4G officially, as of December 2013. We expect the list to be updated over the next few days.

Aberdeen, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Dundee, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Kingston Upon Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Luton,Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Reading, Sheffield, Slough, Southampton, Southend On Sea, Stoke On Trent, Stockport, Swindon, Watford and York.

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
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