O2 extends its 4G service and announces network upgrade programme

O2 extends its 4G service and announces network upgrade programme

O2 has extended its 4G network to cover a third of the UK indoor population, covering 191 towns and cities.

The operator launched its ultrafast service last August, and has so far signed up over one million customers. It now covers 41% of outdoor population and a third of the UK indoor population.

Additionally, O2 has announced that it is upgrading 25% of its 2G and 3G masts as part of its network modernisation programme. The masts are expected to be improved by the end of 2014 in order to improve call and data connectivity in high-density areas. The work covers a ‘range of modernisation techniques’ with fibre connections, radio equipment, remote monitoring devices and antennas all being upgraded.

O2 is also investing £16 million to improve data coverage in areas without a mobile internet service. Over 200 places in the UK will get O2 3G coverage from this year.

O2 chief operating officer, Derek McManus, said: ‘Last year we launched our 4G network and undertook the fastest network roll-out in the history of our company. This year we’re continuing that roll-out and concurrently modernising our 2G and 3G networks.

‘Building a great network isn’t just about bringing faster speeds to people that already have coverage. It’s vital that we also bring seamless coverage to people that have never had it before. Investment in all layers of our network is key to ensuring customers receive a great experience, whether that’s in streaming live goals in the pub or receiving critical business information.

‘We continue to invest the equivalent of £1.5million in our network every single day to offer seamless connectivity for our customers across 2G, 3G, 4G and Wifi. and remain focused on delivering an experience that exceeds our customers’ expectations.’


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