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[November 15, 2012]
Telecommunications: Three shrugs off 4G with 1m new customers
(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Three, the mobile phone network owned by Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, has added 1.04 million customers in the UK in a year.
With 300,000 joining in the last quarter, the country's smallest network is now also the fastest growing, with 8.8 million customers.
In a trading update Three said it had added 850,000 contract customers and 192,000 pre-pay customers in the 12 months to 30 September.
Rival network EE has recently launched 4G superfast mobile internet but Three chief executive Dave Dyson said his company was "giving more people in more places" access to "ultrafast" speeds by upgrading its radios to the latest 3G technology.
By the end of 2012, new "dual carrier" radios, which communicate with phones that have two antennas in order to double their speed, will cover half of the UK population, and 80% by 2013. Juliette Garside (c) 2012 Guardian Newspapers Limited.
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