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David Boettger

The press release says "expansion has been achieved through consolidating and upgrading equipment, and sharing sites with other providers [which has] led to 5,069 fewer active masts". I don't get it. 4,900 more sites but 5,069 fewer towers? I presume that this means 5k fewer sites actually owned and operated (as opposed to leased) by 3, but the verbiage doesn't really indicate that.

Dimitris Mavrakis

Hi Martin,
thanks for this post.
I also did a quick calculation since I thought 100TB might be high...

I estimate 3UK's subscribers to be around 5.3m so dividing the total traffic over the subscriber figure gives aprox. 18MB a day. Which is around 540MB a month.

Given that the largest share of subscribers will have a non-smartphone handset, the number is surprisingly high!


One thing to note.

Dual Cell in HSPA+ is indeed nice, but may have limited usability in the UK. Many of their operators are limited to two frequencies and therefore their capacity growth at the BTS sites is more limited than many other countries that offer 3-4 carriers to their operators.

In these cases the future multicell-capabilities will not be usable at all.

John Doe

3UK share their 3G radio network with T-Mobile UK.

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