Three UK completes data centre transformation

  • Three UK is investing over £2 billion in transforming its Network and IT infrastructure
  • Three has launched 20 new data centres across the UK, bringing its Network closer to customers
  • Three’s new data centres will decrease latency and improve the experience for our customers across 3G, 4G and 5G
  • These data centres, combined with improved back haul and our world first cloud core network will help us provide better connectivity, every day, for every customer

Three UK has completed its data centre transformation which will help provide a better, more reliable network for our customers. This forms part of Three’s £2billion investment in its network and IT infrastructure.

The 20 new data centres which are spread out across the UK moves our network closer to our customers. This will result in a reduction in latency, which means greater responsiveness for our customers when gaming, using video conferencing or any other IOT applications.

The new data centres will also increase reliability as traffic can be automatically redirected from a data centre having an issue to another in real time.

In addition to improved network performance, the new data centres, provided by our partners Equinix and Ark, come fitted with the latest energy saving technology. This means a reduced carbon footprint due to improved cooling systems and they are also more efficient than our older data centres, using less power.

These data centres are already having a positive effect. Three has half the 5G latency of the other MNOs and fastest 5G download speeds based on latest published industry results.

Susan Buttsworth, Chief Operating Officer, at Three UK said: “Our new data centres allow us to spread the network load across the country, and bring our customers closer to their data, meaning less lag.  This investment will help us provide a better network experience for our customers, giving them better connectivity, every day.”

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About Three 

Three launched in 2003 as the UK’s first 3G only network, laying its foundations as the network that was born to be different. Today Three is a connectivity company that connects people to people, people to things and things to things and has 9.5 million customers.

An average Three customer uses 3.5 times more mobile data than the industry average and its network today covers 99% of the UK population.

Three launched 5G in August 2019 and also has the UK’s leading 5G spectrum holdings with more than the rest of the industry combined. Three is the only operator able to meet the International Telecoms Union (ITU) 2020 standard for full 5G services.

Three is the official shirt sponsor of Chelsea FC men’s and women’s teams.

Three was voted the Best Network for Data at the Mobile Choice Consumer Awards, as well as Best Network for Roaming by uSwitch, and the Best High Street Retailer at the Mobile Industry Awards.

Three UK is part of the CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd group of companies which has mobile operations in 11 countries. We employ more than 4,800 people across our offices in Maidenhead, Glasgow and Reading and our 311 retail stores.


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