Three recognized as the UK’s fastest 5G network by Ookla

Three has been recognized as the UK’s fastest 5G network in Q1-Q2 2021 by Ookla. Three UK said its investments in network technology delivers more than 29 percent outdoor 5G population coverage for Three UK customers.
Three UK CTO David HennessyCustomers enjoying improved data speeds in more areas as 5G and 4G sites are optimized. In addition, Three UK has also been recognized as fastest in Birmingham, Manchester and London.

“The awards are recognition of the enhancements we have been making and the addition of two 10MHz blocks of 700MHz spectrum means that experience will improve even further, particularly with indoor coverage,” David Hennessy, Chief Technology Officer at Three UK, said.

Almost a third of the UK’s population can access the UK’s fastest 5G outdoors as 5G population coverage hit more than 29 percent in June. More than 300 locations have live 5G sites, an increase of more than 110 in recent months with more locations being added every week. Among the latest locations to be added are Brimington, Denholme and Littlestone-on-Sea.

Three UK said a program to build more than 2,500 new sites is underway.

Its network reached an all-time data traffic peak of 808Gbps during the Manchester City vs PSG semi-final match of the Champions League in May. This was almost surpassed by the Euro 2020 semi-final between Italy and Spain (804Gbps) though demand during the England semi-final was significantly lower.

Three UK has achieved an 84 percent reduction year on year for network incidents on Downdetector. The company is making further improvements to network capacity and working to move the contents to the edge of the network, therefore making it closer to its customers thereby improving latency and reliability.

Three UK has enhanced the configuration of over 2,000 radio sites since April and Three UK customers in areas such as Armagh, Omagh, Cookstown, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh are all enjoying improved data speeds and latency.