O2 switches on 13 new 5G locations

O2 has connected multiple major cities to its 5G network by turning on the first of its 5G hotspots in 13 new locations, fulfilling its commitment to switch-on a total of 20 places by the end of 2019.

O2 launched its 5G service in October, in: London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Leeds and Slough. It subsequently switched on 5G hotspots in Leicester and Lisburn in November and now customers in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bradford, Sheffield, Coventry, Nottingham, Norwich, Bristol, Derby and Stoke are also connected to the network. This takes the total number of cities across the UK with access to O2’s 5G network to 20*, plus O2’s HQ in Slough, ahead of the new year.

O2’s 5G network has no premium, and offers its ‘Limitless’ tariff, offering consumers unlimited data browsing, as well as its existing custom plans, which will ensure customers have the flexibility to take advantage of 5G on their terms.

O2’s 5G rollout will continue to reach customers, with a plan to reach a total of 50 locations by summer 2020. O2 invests over £2m a day in its network in areas where customers need it most, laying strong foundations for the 5G service.

For O2 customers in Windsor, Eton, Reading, Blackpool, Bournemouth, and Guildford, the January blues will be offset by the promise of 5G, with O2 aiming to commence rollout by the end of March. Those wanting to know where they can access 5G can visit O2’s coverage checker to get the latest information.

Derek McManus, COO, Telefónica UK, said: “We were incredibly proud to switch on our 5G network in October, and it is brilliant to hit our target of 20 towns and cities connected to our next-generation network as we head into 2020. Our range of tariffs make it easy and fair for customers to access 5G, with flexible plans that cost no more than 4G. I believe 5G is going to revolutionise the way people and businesses use mobile connectivity, unlocking huge possibilities for our economy and society. We’re excited about getting it into the hands of our customers across the UK, and continuing to work with our partners to help shape the future of 5G for the next generation.”

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine