Three's 4G Unlikely to Arrive Before the End of 2013

By Gary Cutlack on at

Mobile network Three is so happy with its 3G setup that it's in no hurry to stick up newer 4G masts across the country, with its chief exec saying its 4G network is likely to arrive "towards the end of the year."

Dave Dyson, the network's CEO, is reported as saying: "We have the opportunity to move quite quickly with the 800Mhz spectrum that we acquired in the auction. However, realistically, I think it's going to be towards the end of the year before you see us launch LTE as a technology."

It's no surprise. Three is trying to blur the lines between 3G and 4G, combining both types of radio into one product it calls the "Ultrafast" network, both offering relatively similar high-end download speeds. And given that it won't be charging customers any more money to use LTE speeds, you can understand its reasoning. [Reuters]