Three and Samsung Sign 4G Infrastructure Deal

Samsung has signed a deal with Three which will see it provide the operator with 3G and 4G infrastructure solutions.

The deployment, Samsung’s first commercial mobile network roll-out in Europe, comes as part of Threes focus on developing its LTE network. Threes network currently carries 44 per cent of all mobile data traffic in the UK and – following the news that the operator has been handed a share of the spectrum Everything Everywhere will be using to deploy 4G – it makes sense that it would want to build on this lead.

“Three’s customers will start benefitting from this investment in our core network early next year and those benefits will grow further as we deploy new spectrum,” says Dave Dyson, CEO of Three UK. “Samsung’s advanced network technology will help us to continue to deliver the most enjoyable smartphone experience. In Samsung’s home market operators are busy turning off 2G. In the UK Three is the only operator without a 2G network which means more and more consumers are choosing the network built for the internet.”

Lee Myall, UK director at cloud solutions provider Interoute, however, believes that the move wont be sufficient to develop the necessary infrastructure as 4G comes to the UK.

“Expecting 4G to run over existing networks is like expecting a heavy goods vehicle to leave a weak bridge intact,” says Myall. “If the right steps are not taken now, then bottlenecks from increased mobile data will put the move to 4G on a back foot before the race has begun. Offloading data wherever possible is a responsibility for the whole industry to share. Infrastructure upgrades alone are will not be sufficient though. Wi-fi hotspots will be the key to taking the pressure off 4G, while ensuring that consumer phone bills don’t skyrocket.”