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O2 customers to get better mobile experience thanks to 4G network upgrade

Friday, April 27th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

O2 says customers can look forward to a better mobile experience as it upgrades thousands of its 4G masts around the country.

The network upgrade follows the acquisition by O2 of additional 4G spectrum – the airwaves over which mobile services are transmitted – earlier this month.

The provider bought an extra 40Mhz of 4G spectrum in the 2.3GHz band in Ofcom’s spectrum auction and says it will have already be transmitting it from 100 masts by the end of April, including in London, Leeds and Nottingham.

By the end of the year, the new 4G spectrum will have been deployed from more than 1,000 masts in more than 10 cities, increasing the capacity of the network and therefore allowing users to do more online, wherever they happen to be.

O2 says its rollout plan prioritises areas of heavy footfall in big cities – airports, train stations and busy shopping centres such as the Westfield centres in White City and Stratford.

'Fast and reliable connection'

Derek McManus, O2’s chief operating officer, said: “We know how important a fast and reliable connection is to our customers which is why we’re putting our new 4G spectrum to use as quickly as possible.

“We were able to switch on the first sites within 24 hours. Our swift deployment of new 4G spectrum will further enhance the O2 experience for all of our UK customers.”

Earlier this week, Cable.co.uk reported that residents of Upton-upon-Severn were finally to get 4G mobile coverage after a lengthy planning battle.

After having has previous planning applications refused and following the intervention of MP Harriett Baldwin, O2 has now been given permission to build a 15-foot mast in the Worcestershire town, which will serve not only Upton but also the surrounding villages of Ryall, Tunnell Hill and Newbridge Green.

We also reported on EE’s efforts to improve 4G coverage in Scotland. The provider has switched on 90 new sites since the start of 2017 and has now reached 75% landmass coverage north of the border.

EE plans to build an additional 200 sites over the coming months and will also upgrade a number of masts than only have 2G coverage at the moment, limited customers to just voice and text services.

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