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Twenty more UK cities see 02 5G connectivity

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  • Published by Eleanor Brash on 9 Jan 2020
  • Last modified 9 Jan 2020
20 by 2020: O2 sees in the new year with more major cities connected to its next gen 5G network
  • O2 continues UK 5G rollout, switching on first 5G masts in major cities including Manchester, Birmingham, and Glasgow
  • 5G hotspots now live in 20 cities across the UK and O2’s HQ in Slough
  • 5G available on O2’s revolutionary ‘custom plans’ tariffs, with unlimited data, and no 5G premium
  • Strengthening of the 4G network remains a priority, with over £2m invested a day

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. The new offering will supplement rather than replace today’s award-winning 4G network. O2 invests over £2m a day in its network, 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.

“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.”

Derek McManus, COO, Telefónica UK