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Three CEO says 4G isn’t a game changer

Ahead of network's September 2013 LTE rollout
Thu Nov 15 2012, 14:06
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UK MOBILE NETWORK Three's CEO David Dyson claimed that 4G isn't a game changer today, saying that the network's DC-HSDPA connectivity is just as good.

At an event in London this morning, Dyson spoke about Three's plans to offer 4G service from September next year, but added that he's not all that sold on the idea.

"In my opinion, 4G as a mass market proposition is unlikely to be a game changer," Dyson said, adding that Three is in no rush to roll out LTE. "It's not necessary for us. We're comfortable with the assets we have right now."

According to Dyson, Three's 'ultra-fast' DC-HSDPA connectivity, which will be rolled out to 80 percent of the UK population by next April, offers speeds similar to those of EE's 4G network. In fact, its users are reporting speeds of 20Mbit/s today, according to Three.

"Our ultrafast network is giving more people in more places access to an even faster mobile experience," he said.

It might not be completely sold on the idea, but Three will roll out 4G next September and Dyson said it is extremely well positioned for LTE. This is thanks to its acquisition of 1800MHz spectrum from EE, which means that the firm has already started working on its 4G infrastructure ahead of rivals O2 and Vodafone.

Dyson boasted that Three will have several 4G-ready devices available at launch, as it's already selling LTE devices for use with its DC-HSDPA network. These include the Iphone 5, HTC Windows Phone 8X and Sony Xperia T.

Dyson declined to reveal details about tariff prices for Three's upcoming 4G smartphones, but he did suggest that they will be cheaper than those offered by EE.

"You can expect to see Three continuing to offer great value tariffs," he said. µ


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