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3 Mobile announces plans to launch new 3G service

Friday, March 2nd 2012
Internet provider 3 Mobile is planning to offer customers an upgrade to its 3G broadband technology.
3 Mobile announces plans to launch new 3G service
UK internet provider 3 Mobile has announced plans to launch a new 3G broadband network as an upgrade to its existing system, potentially offering customers more consistent broadband speeds throughout busy periods of the day and increasing the number of people who can make use of the service effectively.

3 Mobile was the first provider to offer a solely 3G network to British internet users in 2003 and is attempting to continue to break new ground by improving its service.

In an official blog, director of network strategy Phil Sheppard announced that the company has invested millions in improving its network to bring it up-to-date with the current innovations in UK internet provision.

He added that the company is now planning to launch a version of 4G access, but not the Long Term Evolution model most commonly discussed in the UK.

"Instead it's the leading-edge version of 3G technology - HSPA+ but running on the 42Mbps technical standard and offering customers twice the speed potential as the 21Mbps technical standard," explained Mr Sheppard.

He added that this is likely to have a number of benefits for customers, including increased speed across the network and an improvement in capacity through the use of dual carrier equipment.

The nationwide rollout of the technology is expected to commence this summer.

"In the meantime, we'll continue our ongoing network improvement programme to ensure that whatever it is you want to do via the mobile internet, we are the network to be on," the director assured customers.

3 Mobile is also expected to make improvements to its network in light of the upcoming London Olympic Games 2012, which could conceivably place a heavy burden on mobile broadband networks across the UK as the number of visitors to London swells.

The company plans to introduce additional capacity and equipment into its network to ensure this does not become a problem for customers.

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