O2 CTO: demand drives coverage targets into public domain

O2 CTO: demand drives coverage targets into public domain

O2’s chief technology officer Brendan O’Reilly says the public need to be made aware of the networks efforts to improve coverage because of the consumer demand.

Speaking to Mobile about the network’s efforts to improve coverage O’Reilly said: ‘The reason why so much is made of infrastructure projects and why networks are keen to make targets public is because of the consumer demand. So often coverage is taken for granted. You can see roads being built and improved but you can’t necessarily see what is happening when the network is being improved.’

O2 has a number of public targets regarding network coverage. As a condition of its purchase of the 800Mhz spectrum the operator was required to cover 95% of the population by 2017.

O’Reilly explained that these agreements fell in line with the targets of the business and act as a help rather than a hindrance where coverage is concerned: ‘Our coverage target is tied to our spectrum license agreement. When we won the spectrum that guaranteed the country would have 98% population coverage that coincided with the band of spectrum that had the obligation to drive digital Britain. It fell in line with the aims of the business so it was good timing really.

‘The 90% geographic coverage initiative with the government we view as an enabler. There is a legal recourse, but our plans are exactly on track we’ve hit each of our milestones for 2013, 2014 and 2015. So we’re in a good position to deliver.’

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