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Three punching above its UK spectrum data weight
Thursday 23 Feb 2017 Author: Steven Frazer

Three has the busiest internet and apps users of all the major UK mobile operators. Three’s 37% UK market share of data traffic beats BTEE (33%), with O2 (17%) and Vodafone (VOD) (13%) bringing up the rear. This is particularly surprising considering that Three, owned by Hong Kong firm Hutchison Whampoa, has the least amount of spectrum to play with – just 12%. Watchdog Ofcom is likely to take these market share statistics into account when it begins its next spectrum auction later this year, when the 190 MHz (megahertz) of high capacity spectrum in the 2.3 GHz (gigahertz) and 3.4 GHz bands, suitable for ultra-fast 5G communications, goes up for grabs.

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