O2 to begin UK 5G roll out this year
UK mobile provider O2 today announced it will begin the rollout of its 5G network this year, with Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London being the first to benefit from the company’s 5G network.
The company added that other areas of the UK will enjoy rollout from 2020, to coincide with the wider availability of 5G handsets.
“5G is a promise of so much more – for consumers, business, industry and public services,” said Mark Evans, CEO of O2 parent company Telefónica UK. “O2 is working in partnership with British industry, encouraging businesses, big and small, to engage with the possibilities of 5G technology through both our testbed programme and launch deployment.”
“O2’s 5G network will arrive this year and we want the next-generation of mobile services to launch with a bang. 5G will benefit customers from launch, with better speeds and improved customer experience”, Evans said as O2 released it full year results today.
“Following the demand from our FTSE 100 trials, we are extending our testbed opportunities so that businesses of all sizes can work us to build the 5G Economy. Mobile is one of the UK’s most powerful opportunities to strengthen our economy and improve the lives of British people and 5G is a significant milestone for this nation.”
Partnership with British business
O2 said that following demand for its 5G testbed opportunities, from FTSE 100 and leading UK businesses, it’s creating 5G innovation spaces across the country including in its Wayra accelerator hubs.
The spaces will provide next generation 5G test environments accessible to business of all sizes alongside national launch to help fuel future innovation that will boost the British economy post-Brexit.
O2’s call out to the FTSE 100 in July last year has led to leading UK businesses – across the construction, retail, transport and utility sectors – partnering with the telco to explore innovative 5G use cases, the company said.
The use cases are anticipated to bring substantial business benefits by delivering efficiency savings while also having the potential to unlock new 5G enabled revenue streams.