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Rural Wales to benefit from Three’s 4G mobile coverage

Tuesday, June 9th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

Mobile network Three has announced major network upgrades in Wales that will take 4G services to 98% of the population.

The operator said it is set to boost 4G coverage in Wales following the rollout of low frequency 800Mhz spectrum.

The network improvements will increase indoor coverage and help cut the number of not-spots – areas where there is little or no mobile coverage, especially in rural areas.

The upgrade project, which is set to run until 2017, was announced during a meeting with stakeholders including Welsh Assembly Members and the Federation of Small Business Wales, Three said.

It will see 4G services across Wales extended to 98% of the population, and means that combined 3G and 4G will cover 99% of the population.

The improvements will reduce not-spots and mean customers will experience quality voice and data services in more places than before.

Justin Bass, Three's director of legal for marketing and sales, said: “Customers in Wales already benefit from Three’s 3G network which provides a high quality and reliable experience to our customers.

'Better experience'

“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.”

Earlier this year, an interim report from RootMetrics, which provides crowdsourced and primary data analysis on mobile network performance, saw Three take an early lead as the strongest performing network in the country.

According to RootMetrics, Three started 2015 as EE’s closest competitor in UK-wide results, moving up from last place in the first half of 2014 testing to tie with O2 in the second half.

For the 2014 review, one million tests were conducted, 24,000 miles driven and 1,200 indoor locations were tested.

Previous results found that EE was the best performing network across the entirety of the UK, finishing top in all six categories of testing. It won five categories outright, tying with Three in reliability testing.

Three’s improvements in Wales echo those from rival mobile operator Vodafone, which announced that investment in its mobile network would take 3G and 4G coverage to more than 94% of the Welsh population .

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