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O2 announces multi-million pound 5G network investment

5g News - Published on Mon, 13 May 2019

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O2 announced a multi-million pound network investment in high footfall public spaces including stadiums and shopping centres with Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG). Sports venues such as Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium and Lord’s cricket ground have all benefitted from the installation of new mobile infrastructure designed to improve coverage and capacity installation for customers. Several major UK shopping centres are benefitting from new or upgraded infrastructure – completed sites include Bluewater in Kent, Meadowhall in Sheffield and Manchester Arndale. The investment comes as O2 gets its network 5G-ready in preparation for launch later this year.

O2 announced in February that it will bring 5G to the UK in 2019, commencing the rollout of next-generation mobile services in the four corners of the UK. Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will be the first to benefit from O2’s 5G network. Other areas of the UK will enjoy rollout from 2020 onwards to coincide with the wider availability of 5G handsets.

Following demand from its FTSE 100 5G testbed callout, O2 is working with leading British businesses to harness the possibilities of the new technology. To help build a 5G Economy, O2 is also creating 5G innovation spaces across the country including in its Wayra accelerator hubs. The spaces will provide 5G services to start-ups and scale-ups alongside national launch.

O2 also recently announced that it will be the public and private network provider of 5G connectivity for the testing and development of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) technology at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. O2 will enable 5G connectivity to Millbrook testing facilities from June 2019, using its 2.3 GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum in advance of the first phase of its 5G rollout.

In January 2019, O2 announced its intention to extend its existing network sharing partnership with Vodafone to include 5G. This will enable O2 to offer 5G services to more customers over a wider geographic area, and at a lower cost. The plans, which remain subject to regulatory approval, will also enable O2 to exercise greater network autonomy in a number of larger cities, providing it greater flexibility to meet the needs of its customers.

O2 will also be stocking the latest flagship 5G smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy S10 5G, when it launches later this year. The Galaxy S10 5G will introduce hyper-fast streaming and download speeds, 4K video calling and an elevated mobile gaming experience.

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Posted By : TelecomGuru on Mon, 13 May 2019
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