Ah, I think you've misunderstood my wording (or I wasn't very clear at explaining). Band 3 & 20 combined would give me a combined average of 25-30mbps. This was in the main made up from band 20 providing c.7-11mbps of the total.
After the network upgrade, that combo was no longer available.
I gotcha, and I was trying to explain one (business) reason why Three might have changed that possibility.
Coverage pattern could have changed, however the new equipment improved RSRP from c. 100-102 down to -88-91ish. Signal quality also saw similar improvements. So I don't think it was the spread that was reduced. However, it could well be the spread was increased an now the mast was covering a larger more dense area of people.
Agreed, and this could have easily increased phone load on Band 20, so either the software, or Three network management removed your ability to CA between B3 and B20.
However all said and done I think the equipment for whatever reason just wasn't giving as good a speed as the older equipment. Even in the middle of the night (2-4am) speeds were still shocking on either band.
I read that as increased coverage means more customers = less speed, but crucially more revenue for Three to pay for these multi-million pound upgrades.
At a guess when you received 55 Mbps, the coverage was 1000 people, but when things changed, the coverage reached 2000 people. Hence the capacity was used by more. In high load areas (e.g. my parents town), Three have added Band 1 and Band 32, alongside Band 3 and Band 20.
However as you've noticed, the home routers are pretty low spec, and don't support all the changes in frequency. Mobile handsets from Samsung, Hauwei, Motorola, Apple are all much better at using what is deployed. This is a common complaint.
Cellular internet is a gamble over performance - its mostly about getting any working internet unless you are extremely rural where the number of people is unlikely to change.
Unlike Openreach or Virgin Media's networks - mobile networks change often.
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