Coverage of Three UK’s 4G network reaches 91% of UK population

One of UK’s major mobile operators, Three UK, has published their results for the first half of this year. The latest results point to increased coverage of their 3G and 4G indoor network from 81% in 2015, to 97% now. The operator’s 4G coverage has reached 91% of the UK population, it was revealed.

Three UK also claims to have increased their customer base to a total of 12,010,000, from a total of 10,848,000 at the first half of the year in 2016. However, only 9,992,000 of them are noted as “active customers”. As for data usage per customer, the average was revealed as 6.9 Giga-bytes, which has increased from the 5.4 Giga-bytes average of last year. This data usage increase is not surprising as Three UK offers tariffs with “all-you-can-eat” data allowances on Mobile Broadband packages, which apparently induces heavy usage.

Some of the highlights of the financial results are – a rise of 10% at £1.16 billion, in total revenue and total margin up, due to increase in customer base, to 6% at £725 million. EBITDA was down by 2% (at £341million) and EBIT was down by 15% (to £197million) owing to expenses related with IT and network infrastructure investment. The operator finds 86% of its subscribers have 4G enabled handsets. As for their VOIP service, over 10% of subscribers regularly use it to make calls. The acquisition of UK Broadband (Relish brand) completed in May end, has opened up home broadband market for Three UK. The operator also claims to account for 35% of mobile data traffic in the UK.

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