VMO2 commits to reaching 50% population coverage with its 5G network in 2023

16 Feb 2022

Virgin Media O2 (VMO2), the enlarged entity formed by the merger of mobile operator O2 UK and fixed broadband provider Virgin Media, has revealed expanded 5G coverage across the country, as it outlined what it called ‘the impact of significant upgrades and expansion to its mobile and fixed networks in London and across the UK’. According to VMO2, the O2 UK 5G network now covers 64% of the population in the capital, thanks to the recent deployment of low band 5G spectrum. Further, the company noted that it had delivered connectivity to over 2,000 sites across the country last year and now has 5G coverage in areas spanning 300 towns and cities. Looking ahead, VMO2 has pledged to achieve 50% population coverage in 2023. Meanwhile, 4G development in London has also reportedly continued, with VMO2 upgrading capacity in 41,228 postcodes across the capital in 2021, while similar upgrades were also carried out across more than 241,000 postcode areas across the country.

Commenting, Jeanie York, Chief Technology Officer at VMO2, said: ‘Providing a 5G boost is part of our longstanding investment in the capital and our mission to upgrade the UK through our ongoing investment in 4G, 5G, fixed broadband and innovative new services. We are taking a customer-centric approach to our mobile network strategy, which centres on optimising our network where our customers need them most. This means focusing on densifying our coverage where are customers are going to feel the most benefit, such as busy urban cities like London, while also investing to extend coverage in less populated areas.’

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