O2 ramps up rural coverage

29 Oct 2018

British mobile operator O2 has unveiled plans to invest in enhanced 4G connectivity in over 330 communities, from Drumoak in Aberdeenshire to The Lizard in Cornwall – the mostly southerly point of the British mainland. The rollout is expected to be completed by the end of 2018, resulting in better connectivity for around 250,000 rural residents. Last year, O2 installed the first permanent 4G mobile mast in the remote hamlet of Staylittle, in Powys, Wales, bringing mobile connectivity to a rural community that had previously been cut off from all communications. O2 claims that it currently invests over GBP2 million (USD2.6 million) per day to maintain and improve its mobile network.

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