Three UK, as part of its end to end network transformation, has entered into an agreement with Colt Technology Services for it to become a preferred provider of fibre backhaul connectivity.
The partnership forms part of a £2bn+ investment to significantly transform Three’s network giving a better customer experience increasing 4G speeds by up to 150% as well as delivering the UK’s fastest 5G network.
Colt’s technology will provide 20 times more backhaul capacity on the sites it is being deployed on giving customers a faster, better and more reliable experience.
Fibre backhaul is a vital part of delivering a great network experience and the technology will complement the recent upgrades to over 4000 sites with improved 4G, fully virtualized core network, 20 new data centres and 5G in over 100 locations.
With three times as much 5G spectrum as its nearest competitor, the £2bn+ investment will deliver Three UK’s aim of delivering better connectivity, every day for its customers.
Susan Buttsworth, Chief Operating Officer, Three UK said: “We are investing significantly to transform our entire network experience, which will support our customers who use three times more data than the average UK consumer. Fibre backhaul is a vital part of a reliable network experience and our partnership with Colt will mean better connectivity for our customers across the UK.”
Keri Gilder, Chief Executive Officer, Colt said: “Colt has been readying itself for the future of mobile connectivity. We are excited that Three UK has recognised our capability, and has named us as a strategic partner for its 5G deployments. We believe in the transformative power of connectivity, and we know 5G is going to drive businesses and societies forward, so we are thrilled that the Colt IQ Network is going to play a critical role in the 5G evolution for the UK.”
Colt strives to transform the way the world works through the power of connectivity. The Colt IQ Network connects 900+ data centres across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs, with over 29,000 on net buildings and growing.