3 claims 37pc m-broadband share


3 UK has said 96 per cent of traffic across its UK network is data, and reckons it has around 37 per cent of the mobile broadband market.

3 UK chief technology officer Graham Baxter told a round table at the Hospital Club in London that 3 carried the equivalent of 20 times the entire content of the British Libraryin a single any day.

3 UK said 2.2 million handsets in the market were using its network for data services in 2009, and it intends to increase the volume to four million by the end of 2010.

3 UK chief executive Kevin Russell said 3 will claim 37 per cent of the mobile broadband market also, when it publishes its financial results next month.

Meanwhile, Baxter said 3’s network sharing arrangement with T-Mobile in the UK had seen 13 million people already see improved coverage since January 2009.

Last week, the pair confirmed their 10,000th cell site had been activated.

The 3/T-Mobile project will have 13,000 sites when it concludes in October.

Cell site numbers have now increased from 6,000 at the start of last year to 10,000, with the latest being activated in Shooters Hill, South East London.

“It’s been a spectacular challenge,” said Baxter.