4/16/2008 11:45:00 AM
Ofcom calls for O2 to boost 3G coverage
Ofcom has given O2 a deadline of June to increase its 3G coverage, or face a £40m bill.
Under the terms of their 3G licences, all five networks had an obligation to provide 3G coverage to at least 80% of the population by the end of last year.
Ofcom found that O2 only covers 75.69% of the population – a shortfall of 2.5 million people.
The operator has been issued with a warning that if it does not increase its coverage by June 2008, Ofcom will shorten the term of its 3G licence by four months, ending in August 2021.
O2 paid £4bn for its 3G licence in 2000, and a reduction of four months would cost £40m.