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BT to bolster O2's network capacity ahead of 4G rollout

Monday, April 29th 2013 by Paul France
BT signs deal with O2 to boost carrier's mobile network capacity

O2 has chosen BT to help boost the capacity of its mobile network.

BT has struck a deal with Telefonica UK that will see the telecoms giant support the rollout of 4G super-fast mobile broadband services for millions of O2 customers.

The agreement will involve BT building a high-capacity transmission network designed to help O2 stay ahead of the constantly growing demand for mobile data traffic. A recent IHS study claimed that this traffic will rise by more than 400 per cent by 2016 as 4G coverage improves.

Delivered by BT Wholesale, the managed network solution will provide the mobile carrier with the capacity it requires to meet the needs of customers signing up for 4G services.

In addition, BT will be providing the high-speed mobile backhaul links between the new network and O2's mobile base stations, offering the operator a significant increase in backhaul capacity.

Adrian Di Meo, chief technology officer at O2 UK, said growing demand for mobile data presents both a "huge opportunity" and a major technical challenge for the company.

"Through our partnership with BT Wholesale, customers of O2 will be backed by a high-performance mobile internet network which we believe will release the potential of 4G services and result in unrivalled mobile phone and internet browsing experiences," he commented.

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