O2 UK extends 5G coverage

8 Sep 2020

British mobile network operator (MNO) O2 UK has broadened the reach of its 5G network, according to ISPreview. As per the latest phase of the cellco’s rollout, it has reportedly extended coverage to four towns in the county of Tyne and Wear, those being Blaydon, Jarrow, Tynemouth and Washington. In addition, 5G connectivity is also now being offered in Chipstead, Staines and Weybridge in the county of Surrey, as well as the city of Lincoln (Lincolnshire).

O2 UK’s chief technical officer Brendan O’Reilly was cited saying of the development: ‘We’re excited to be switching on our 5G network across three new areas today, which will unlock the exciting benefits of next generation connectivity for customers and businesses … As we continue our 5G rollout at pace we are investing around GBP2 million (USD2.6 million) a day in our network to ensure our customers can stay connected to the people they love and businesses can survive and thrive as Britain looks to rebuild following COVID-19.’

Meanwhile, the MNO said it is also investing around GBP14 million a week to improve its 4G network, which it claims is now available in ‘over 19,200 towns, cities and villages’.

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