British mobile network operator O2 UK has selected US-based global bandwidth infrastructure services provider Zayo Group to build and manage a fully resilient core fibre network across the country. According to the vendor, the 15 year agreement marks a shift for O2 UK from SDH and Ethernet-based managed services infrastructure to a dedicated fibre optic network which connects mobile switching sites.
It is understood that the new infrastructure will provide O2 UK with flexible capacity to accommodate increasing demand for mobile data driven by its deployment of LTE technology and an increasingly digital customer base. With the fibre infrastructure to stretch from Glasgow to Salisbury, and cover towns including Slough, Newcastle and London, it will comprise more than 4,500 route km and incorporate 19 connectivity points across the UK.
‘With the O2 4G network now covering over 260 towns and cities and half of the UK population, there has been unprecedented growth in the amount of data traffic transmitted across the network,’ noted Adrian Di Meo, O2 UK’s chief technology officer, adding: ‘Deploying high capacity core fibre is essential when faced with this increase in data traffic and the resilience and reliability of our network is important for customers.’