Astonishing news today about fast mobile connectivity – 3 UK, says it will deliver dual-carrier HSPA to half of the UK population by year-end and 80 per cent by next April.

What part of brilliant is this not?! If 3 can do this, then we can be sure that we will, finally, after watching paint dry for ten years, have the network speed we need to do business and pleasure.

According to Mobile Business Briefing 3 has advised that its Ultrafast network is already live in 50 of the UK’s biggest cities and towns, covering 39 per cent of the population.

3 says it will launch LTE next year using two chunks (2×15 MHz) of 1800 MHz spectrum it is buying  from EE, which will double capacity on its network.   Ofcom has approved the transaction but the completion of deal is a few months away.

3 says it is the country’s fastest-growing operator, adding 1.04 million customers over the past year to 8.8 million and acquiring 301,000 customers in the last quarter alone.

3 UK CEO Dave Dyson was quoted as saying: “These network improvements are designed to maintain our position as the fastest growing UK mobile operator,” said “Our Ultrafast network is giving more people in more places access to an even faster mobile internet experience.”

The operator says its growth plans are being backed up by an 800-strong recruitment drive that will add nearly 400 sales and service roles at its Glasgow office and 400 across its high street retail stores and Maidenhead office.

At the same time, the operator has shared some really useful info about its customer behaviours with Go Mo News.

Pie chart of 3-UK users mobile activity

Good news to end the working week.