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Three UK’s fixed broadband push will require tight cost control

The UK arm of Hutchison’s mobile group, Three UK, is leveraging plentiful 3.5 GHz spectrum and an advanced push into cloud-based networks to improve its 5G costs and mount a stronger challenge to its rivals in an over-competitive market. Three has been innovative in the 3G and 4G eras, in terms of tariffs, marketing and attractive consumer propositions, prefiguring some of the tactics of the USA’s ‘Uncarrier, T-Mobile. Its economics have been helped by its site sharing joint venture with BT/EE, MBNL, but it has been deeply disadvantaged by a poor spectrum position. That has changed for 5G because of its acquisition of UK Broadband, a very minor fixed wireless player but owner of a substantial block of the most…

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