Fresh from dominating the UK’s 2.3GHz mobile spectrum auction, O2 has confirmed plans to put its new frequencies into use within 24 hours of receiving them. In a press release, O2 said that having secured all of the 2.3GHz blocks that were up for grabs, it intends to use these to provide a ‘significant boost’ to its 4G customers. Initially, the spectrum will be deployed in London, before being rolled out in other cities, including Edinburgh, Newcastle and Leeds, ‘in the coming months’. As reported yesterday by CommsUpdate, O2 was the biggest overall spender in regulator Ofcom’s 2.3GHz/3.4GHz auction, bidding GBP205.9 million (USD290 million) for all 40MHz of the 2.3GHz spectrum, while it bid a further GBP317.7 million for 40MHz in the 3.4GHz band.
O2 UK CEO Mark Evans said: ‘With this spectrum investment we can build on our publicly recognised Best Network Coverage, to lead the way on network reliability and service as well … The airwaves we’ve secured allow us to further enhance our network, both now and in the future. We’ve thrown down a major marker for our future commitment to the UK. Our investment in 3.4GHz enables us to move forward to further improve connectivity whilst boosting the economy and laying the foundations for 5G in Britain.’