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Arrival of 4G will make 'everything easier' for O2 customers in Corby

Friday, July 31st 2015 by Ellen Branagh

O2 has started work to bring its 4G service to a Northamptonshire town, it has announced.

The operator is also improving its 2G and 3G network in Corby, as well as bringing high speed mobile internet to its customers in the area.

Work is due to be completed on Wednesday 12 August, O2 said, and customers will hopefully see the new and improved service shortly after.

The company warned that customers may experience intermittent signal during the work.

It recommended that customers download the TUGo app, which allows them to make and receive calls on any wi-fi-connected device using their mobile number.

Derek McManus, CEO at Telefónica UK, the company that owns O2, said: “O2 customers in Corby will soon be able to experience faster mobile internet on their devices such as streaming high definition TV, shopping on the go, and video calling.

“For our business customers, 4G is all about working more effectively.

“They can work remotely, access cloud services, collaborate using apps and so on. 4G will make everything easier for them.”

Modernising

O2 said it is spending £600m in 2015 on its network and by the end of 2017 will have invested more than £3bn modernising its network across the UK.

Earlier this year, Cable.co.uk reported that O2, which currently offers 4G in more than 530 UK towns and cities, had signed up more than 5m customers to its 4G mobile plan.

In May, the company revealed that in the 21 months since offering 4G, a fifth of its customers were using the fourth generation mobile technology.

It also said it had secured 2m more 4G customers than rival Vodafone, which also launched its 4G service in August 2013.

The four major UK mobile networks – EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – have entered into a binding agreement with the government to spend £5bn improving mobile coverage and eliminating ‘not-spots’.

The networks have already met a government target of reaching 90% 3G coverage.

As part of its licence, O2 has committed to provide indoor 4G coverage for 98% of the UK's population by 2017. EE, Three and Vodafone said they would also match this obligation.

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