O2, the UK’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has reportedly unveiled plans to build up to 1,500 new mobile base stations by the end of 2010, according to ITPro. The nationwide plans, which also include an upgrade to the cellco’s network, will see at least 200 of the proposed new installations in London alone, with 40 of those expected to be up and running by end-2009. ‘Anticipating growth in demand for mobile services, we have quarter-on-quarter increased investment in our voice and data networks. Our GBP500 million (USD839.6 million) investment over the last two years has enabled us to offer our customers the best products in the world, including the Apple iPhone and Palm Pre, said Derek McManus, O2 UK’s chief technology officer.
Currently O2 says that its 3G infrastructure is 100% enabled with HSDPA technology, and has coverage of approximately 84% of the population. Additionally, last month CommsUpdate reported that Cornerstone, the company managing the shared network infrastructure of O2 UK and Vodafone UK was fully operational, with more than 100 cell sites live or in deployment.