Three set to increase Welsh 4G coverage to 98pc


Rollout of 800MHz spectrum announced this week will see 98pc of population get access to 4G by 2017

Three is aiming to give 4G access to 98 per cent of the population of Wales by 2017 as part of a rollout of its 800MHz spectrum that it announced to the Welsh Assembly today.

The network will begin upgrading its network by rolling out the low frequency bandwidth, which it says will significantly boost indoor coverage in the country.

The operator currently only offers 4G services in Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Bridgend but will utilised the 800MHz spectrum to reach more rural communities.

Three was voted as Wales’ most reliable network in the second half of 2014, according to RootMetrics, and has said that it will have 99 per cent coverage (3G and 4G) in the country with three years.

Three director of legal: marketing, consumer regulatory and external affairs Justin Bass said: “Customers in Wales already benefit from Three’s 3G network which provides a high quality and reliable experience to our customers.

“The addition of 4G on new low frequency spectrum will further improve connectivity across Wales and once complete, 98% of the Welsh population will enjoy an even better experience on our network.”


  1. Thats good news?
    I wonder how the O2 merger fits in but both have lower bands to use.
    EE also have a lower band LTE800 and as H3G operates from EE sites we should see both networks giving better coverage.
    H3G measure coverage as population not geographical area so you will still drop calls when out and about that does need to change all networks agreed to cover 90% area by 2017 so let’s see what happens.