Today Three has announced a big network expansion which will see the 800MHz LTE switched on from this September.
Also this September Three are launching VoLTE (voice over LTE) this will bring extra coverage to 3.2 million homes, it’ll also start integrating the Three inTouch WiFi Calling service.
This mean you’ll be able to make WiFi calls natively, straight from the regular phone dialer without having to open up a separate app, like you do with EE.
At the announced we found out that Three have been silently rolling out 800MHz coverage in many parts of the UK. When it goes live with the switch on of VoLTE this will become available to approximately two million Three users (if you are using handset compatible with VoLTE such as the iPhone 6, 6+, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and many more) list to be confirmed.
By the end of next year 2016, this will increase to four million users on the Three network.
Three will continue to work on providing the most reliable network (as voted in YouGov surveys), stating that 36% of customers value coverage, 47% value reliability and 9% value speed.
With Three 30% of the data being carried on Three’s network is now on 4G. At the moment there is a 50 megabit cap that was put in place soon after Three’s 4G launch has been removed, this means there is now no artificial limit to data speeds on its network.
Three will get its final allocation of 1800MHz spectrum from EE in October this year, this should make it available to all of the UK soon afterwards.
VoLTE means to ditch the requirement to have sufficient 3G coverage as a fallback for voice calls, allowing the 4G coverage to increase beyond the current footprint massively boosting Three’s 4G coverage.
Owners of phones purchased elsewhere, or older phones, may be able to do a software update to enable VoLTE depending on the age of the device.
Bryn Jones, Three’s Chief Technical Officer, said “Our aim is to keep our customers connected wherever they are. Adding low-frequency spectrum to our network and enabling voice calls over 4G and Wi-Fi, will mean Three customers can stay connected in more places than ever before.”
Danny Dixon, Director of Customers Strategy, said “The Three inTouch app has been highly successful with over 1 million users to date. Seamless connectivity on mobile and Wi-Fi is a key part of our future strategic direction and by using the app, our customers will never miss that important call or text, whether they’re in the home, commuting to work or away on holiday”
The network also hinted about further improvements to the inTouch service, which currently allows users to make calls and text using Wi-Fi.