London to get 4G connectivity boost as O2 announces plans for 300 new small cells


Londoners will soon enjoy enhanced connectivity in the capital as 02 announced it would be installing 300 new small cells in boroughs across the city.

The installation will also pave the way for 5G connectivity in the UK following the spectrum auction earlier this month which saw O2 parent company Telefonica pick up all 40 MHz available of the 2.3 GHz spectrum.

O2, along with UK communications infrastructure company Arqiva, will deploy the cells in 14 London boroughs including Hammersmith and Fulham, Richmond upon Thames, Wandsworth, and Camden and Lambeth.

The sites will start going live in summer 2018, and deployment will go on until 2020. Engineers will install the short range cells on lampposts along streets where mobile data demand is particularly high, such as by transport hubs and shopping centres.

Brendan O’Reilly, chief technical officer, O2, said:

“National 5G infrastructure – when it arrives in a few years’ time – will not only have a crucial impact on our economy, it will change the way we live our lives. Our partnership with Arqiva reflects this belief and demonstrates our commitment to exploring opportunities to provide the increased capacity and denser coverage our customers deserve in the areas they need it most"

"Only by working together, with industry partners, regulators, and government policy makers, will we be able to continue delivering the best for our customers and to help the UK maintain the digital leadership we have all worked so hard to establish."

Source: City A.M. 13th April 2018


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