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3 Activates 10,000th UK 3G Site, Hits 93% Coverage

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3 Activates 10,000th UK 3G Site, Hits 93% Coverage

The general public is now increasingly wise to the notion that 'population coverage' doesn't equate to good coverage and even 3G is rather pointless if there isn't enough bandwidth on tap in crowded areas. Thankfully this seems to have started a new - and far more helpful - type of war between the telcos: quality of service.

Chiming in on this today is 3, which has announced the activation of its 10,000th 3G site across the UK (connected in Shooters Hill, South East London) this brings the network's coverage to a claimed 3G population coverage of almost 93 per cent. 3 aims to up its 3G sites by nearly 30 per cent to 13,000 before the end of 2010.

"Over the past two years the continued growth of internet communications, smartphone use and mobile broadband uptake have brought the need for good 3G network coverage into sharp focus for millions of consumers," said Graham Baxter, CTO at 3 UK. "Our network is already the biggest 3G network in the UK. Now we’re adding new coverage and capacity across the country to meet demand and bring the benefits of 3G to people who’ve never had access in their area before."

Of course Orange also makes the 'biggest 3G network' claim and Vodafone's iPhone pitch is based around it having "The Network You Can Rely On" while O2 has promised to clean up its 2009 dirty rep for network outages with a £500m network investment and has already begun the first UK LTE trials.

Yep, this is the kind of battle we want to see - not simply which network lands what smartphone exclusive on who's overcrowded and patchy network. Calls that can be heard and data rates that are fast... what a concept!

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Press Release

Kaurisol

January 28, 2010, 3:17 pm

Had a phone through 3 some years ago - but left them because of the support from the call centre. QoS is not just about the technical service, but also the helpdesk. Don't know if they've changed, but I had real problems getting support because I'd ported my number from another network, and they always seemed to have problems identifying my account (even if I gave them the account number). Didn't have too many problems with the actual network though.

xbrumster

January 28, 2010, 3:24 pm

all of 3's callcentres are based overseas i think, current services are ok, much better than it used to be. just wish they could stock some more interesting handsets

Luan Bach

January 28, 2010, 3:51 pm

Whoohoo..that's where I live. Hopefully no more drop signals.

Stelph

January 28, 2010, 4:40 pm

I agree with xbrumster, their call service is a lot better now than it was previously, but their handset choice is quite poor. On the flip side I have found their signal and 3g speeds to be excellent wherever I am, plus they do come across as one of the more forward thinking networks out there with their connections with INQ and their great range of phones, and spotify!





It was a real shame they canned their "3 from home" service, as being overeas and being able to use my monthly texts/mins (as long as I was on a 3 network) was a real boon. Bring that back 3!!

DrDark

January 28, 2010, 4:53 pm

@Kaurisol: Haven't needed to phone them recently, but they are a bit hit and miss still. Thankfully the actual service is still the best value for money out there by quite a long shot.





@xbrumster: E71 is all you need (A).

xbrumster

January 28, 2010, 7:00 pm

@drdark, they have hero in stock for a while now, I think that'd be a better option for me at least.





I'd like to see 3 partner with Apple's ipad. £5 a month to surf the net would be sweet.

DrDark

January 28, 2010, 8:53 pm

@xbrumster: I'm seriously put off by Android lately. It's always had potential, but movement in the past year seems to have been minimal. And no matter how they try to excuse it, the fact you can't choose to close apps is just bloody ridiculous.

xbrumster

January 28, 2010, 9:31 pm

hmm... interesting. I think there are flaws in all mobile OSes, considering how far Google's gone they are not doing too badly. I have an impression that they're pushing out updates so quickly, bugs are not even properly dealt with to a point...





Im sure there are loads of brilliant ideas but implementation is a hassle. 2010 is the year to watch (hopefully) ;)

DrDark

January 28, 2010, 10:17 pm

I'm with you there, and Google does love staying in "Beta" for as long as possible...


But it's telling when I only spent a couple of days on the N900(whose OS even the devs admitted was incomplete) and a little voice at the back of my head started whispering "with a couple of tweaks here and there, this easily beats Android".





Also, my first experience of a Nexus One was thus:


-Tap on-screen "App Menu" button 10 times - no response...


-4 seconds later the button rapidly flashes 10 times and opens the menu...





They seem to have sent more time making colourful squiggly worms run about the home screen.

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