3UK upgrades £400m upgrade project, boosting coverage to 97%

Mobile Internet services provider 3UK has successfully completed its £400 million upgrade project that boosted its mobile broadband coverage to 97 per cent of the country’s population.

The project helped the company bring new mobile broadband coverage to rural areas in the country and add crucial capacities to the cities.

The UK has seen a surge in demand for mobile broadband led by the country’s smartphone and laptop users. During the project more than 4,900 sites were added to the country’s largest 3G network to meet the demand.

3UK has managed to expand its coverage and capacity by consolidating and upgrading equipment along with sharing sites with other providers.

Commenting on the topic, 3UK CEO Kevin Russell said, "Smartphone and Mobile Broadband use is exploding and we have built a 3G network that reaches further than ever before, as well as bringing more capacity into urban areas where our customers need it most."

The company said it carries 100 terabytes of data on daily basis, approximately 20 times the amount of information available on Wikipedia. Roughly 38 per cent of the data is from web browsing and web downloads, around 6 per cent of data is from people updating Microsoft software, while nearly 2.5 per cent is comprised of people messages.

Presently, 3UK offers mobile broadband speeds of up to 7.2Mbps with charges starting from £7.50 per month for 1GB of data usage allowance.