Rejoice people, because I’ve heard a rumour that September 10th marks the day that Three finally puts its 800MHz spectrum into service.
50% of the UK will get access from day one, rising to 65% by the end of the year. The rest will come in 2016.
Even if you’re not sure what I’m talking about, let me say it’s very big news. Very big news indeed.
Three will also see more 1800MHz spectrum handed over from EE later this year, further boosting capacity and potentially increasing speeds further.
Anyone with a suitable phone supporting 800MHz (Band 20) will potentially see a huge improvement in coverage indoors, and this will be used in conjunction with VoLTE (voice carried over 4G) so power levels can be further hiked up to provide a level of indoor coverage that Three has never seen since its original launch 12 years ago.
This is because coverage for 4G will eventually not need 3G to fall back on for voice.
It goes without saying that until Three formally announces the switch on, it isn’t possible to give more detail or to say what handsets will be marked as compatible, or if users with phones obtained elsewhere will be able to take advantage.