UK wireless carrier Three has launched a new initiative to bring 3G mobile broadband to Britain’s rural areas.
Under the initiative, the company is planning to distribute free 3G dongles and access for a year to rural residents who pine for a proper fixed line broadband connection.
According to the company, 11 rural communities including Gringley-on-the-hill in North Nottinghamshire will be given the dongles and free access initially. Three has partnered with Countryside Alliance and Race Online to choose additional rural communities to become a part of the initiative over the coming year.
"We've built the UK's most extensive 3G network using high-frequency spectrum, if we gain access to low-frequency spectrum like 800Mhz we will be able to significantly improve both indoor and outdoor rural coverage for the UK's smartphone and mobile broadband users,” says Dave Dyson, Three chief executive officer.
"Low-frequency spectrum on a network as big as ours is a real notspot-killer," he added. Experts believe the company is showing off the strength of its 3G network and is in fact lobbying the UK government for extra spectrum.