Three has announced it will be the first major European network to bring in ad blocking across its mobile phone operations.
The network has made a deal with an Israeli company called Shine that will bring mobile ad-blocking tech to the UK and Italy soon. It will then roll out to other countries “rapidly”.
Three UK’s chief marketing officer, Tom Malleschitz said, “Irrelevant and excessive mobile ads annoy customers and affect their overall network experience.”
According to Malleschitz, there are a few reasons for Three to make the move to ad blocking, including that customers already pay for data and therefore shouldn’t have to use it to load ads.
It is also worried some adverts are trying elicit customer information without their knowledge, and Three wants customers to only receive relevant advertising.
First one to act
“These goals will give customers choice and significantly improve their ad experience. We don’t believe customers should have to pay for data usage driven by mobile ads. The industry has to work together to give customers mobile ads they want and benefit from.”
Many digital publishers who are already struggling with people blocking adverts on smartphones will no doubt be uncomfortable about Three’s decision.