O2 UK has unveiled plans to launch a 5G test bed at The O2 arena in North Greenwich later this year. Installation of the network will begin in March, with visitors able to experience the new technology from the second half of 2018. The test bed will be delivered using a Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) solution, and will be configured for the virtualisation of core 5G network technologies. When live, O2 will use the network to test a variety of equipment and potential use cases for 5G under live conditions (including virtual reality, augmented reality and live streaming).
The cellco notes that The O2 arena was the first venue to launch a live 4G trial in London back in 2011.