Mobile network operator (MNO) O2 UK has announced that, as part of its ‘ongoing commitment to eradicating rural coverage not-spots and rebuilding the nation after the COVID-19 pandemic’, it has enhanced 4G coverage in 91,000 postcodes so far this year. With the cellco claiming that rural connectivity is likely to prove crucial to the country’s economic recovery, it noted that it now has 4G coverage in more than 18,000 towns, villages and hamlets across the regions. According to O2 UK, its continued 4G rollout has benefitted ‘dozens’ of hamlets – from Inveruglas on the shore of Loch Lomond, to Cynheidre in South Wales, while other well-known destinations to have seen improved access include the famous Cat and Fiddle road in the Peak District, and Machrihanish Beach on the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland, as well as multiple National Trust and English Heritage sites.
Meanwhile, the MNO claimed to have connected a total of 67 ‘points of interest’ to 4G in this calendar year, with a 4G boost said to have been delivered to 323 points of interest during the same time period.
O2 UK also highlighted its ongoing rollout of the next generation of mobile broadband connectivity, saying that it has continued to deploy 5G network infrastructure, allowing customers to access ’outdoor, ground level’ coverage at a total of 334 points of interest in the UK.
Commenting, O2 UK’s chief technology officer, Brendan O’Reilly, said: ‘We are continuing to add 4G to even smaller rural communities across the length and breadth of Britain, at the same time improving the experience for our customers in towns and cities by deploying more spectrum into the places where they need it most. We will also play a leading role – alongside the other network operators – in ensuring the Shared Rural Network does its job in eradicating rural not-spots.’