Three UK has just announced some figures that defiantly prove it as the “UK’s fastest growing mobile operator”, with over 1.04 million new customers just over the last year, growing the total number to 8.8 million, in fact 301,000 of these new customers were in the last quarter alone.

With their new “Ultrafast network” expected to reach over half of UK population by the end of 2012, there’s no sign of them slowing down either.

However with EE launching just last month, the company may have some 4G rivalry to tackle. Dave Dyson, the Chief Executive of Three UK is not worried about this however, confirming the fact in an interview with ZD Net:

“I don’t think 4G as a mass-market proposition is necessarily going to be a game changer, when you compare it against the latest generation of 3G,”

However the company will still be getting the new 4G service by 2013 following Ofcom’s approval of Three’s acquisition of 2x15Mhz of radio spectrum at 1800Mhz.

This is certainly some great numbers from the company, and clearly shows growth for them within the market, but do you think they can keep it up? Let us know in the comments below.

You can also check out the full press release for more information.

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Three adds a million customers and upgrades network to accelerate growth
  • Network upgrade to extend Ultrafast experience to 50% of population by year’s end
  • 1800Mhz spectrum acquisition doubles capacity


Three, the UK’s fastest growing mobile operator grew by more than 1.04 million customers over the past year to 8.8 million, adding 301,000 customers in the last quarter alone.The growth in customers, driven by Three’s smartphone focus, is being supported by a nationwide programme to upgrade its network. Three is deploying DC-HSDPA technology and increasing the speed of its backhaul, the data pipes used to connect its sites to the internet, as it moves to an Ultrafast network experience.Three’s new Ultrafast network will reach over half the UK population by the end of 2012, with more than 80% of the population covered by April 2013. 39% of the population already have access to the Ultrafast network, with coverage currently focused on 50 of the UK’s biggest cities and towns.

The ongoing network programme will see customers benefit from increased speeds that will be more than enough for data-hungry services like HD video streaming. Three customers in existing Ultrafast areas using DC-HSDPA devices like iPhone 5, the Sony Xperia T and the Windows Phone 8X by HTC are already reporting peak speeds over 20Mbps. iPad mini, iPad with Retina display and the Huawei E3521 dongle are also DC-HSDPA enabled.

Three will add further capacity to its Ultrafast network in 2013 by deploying LTE technology. This follows Ofcom’s approval of Three’s acquisition of 2x15Mhz of radio spectrum at 1800Mhz. The transfer effectively doubles Three’s overall spectrum capacity and provides further room for customer growth.

Dave Dyson, Chief Executive of Three UK, said: “We have led the adoption of smartphones in the UK by giving our customers great coverage, fast speeds and compelling price plans. These network improvements are designed to maintain our position as the fastest growing UK mobile operator.

“Our Ultrafast network is giving more people in more places access to an even faster mobile internet experience.

“But mobile internet is about more than just technology. All-you-can-eat data at prices to suit everyone and peace of mind bundles that guarantee no surprise data bills are designed to allow customers to get the most enjoyment from their smartphones.”

Three’s growth plans are being matched by the launch of an 800-strong recruitment drive in October that will add nearly 400 sales and service roles at its Glasgow office and 400 across its high street retail stores and Maidenhead office.


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