Virgin Media O2 (VMO2) has announced a number of network initiatives and ‘major upgrades’ across Scotland, confirming that its 5G network now covers 58 Scottish towns and cities – each with ‘over 50% population coverage’ – including Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Perth. As part of its 5G network expansion, the company said 37,000 postcodes across Scotland now have 5G coverage, with recent investment helping to expand the network by around a third in the last year alone.
Meanwhile, VMO2 has also reportedly continued to invest in upgrading its 4G infrastructure, boosting capacity in more than 33,000 postcodes, including in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Kirkcaldy, Perth and Stirling. Further, the operator said that, in a boost to rural communities, it has upgraded its mobile infrastructure to provide new services as part of the ‘Shared Rural Network’ programme; under that programme VMO2, along with rival cellcos EE, Three UK and Vodafone UK, have committed to delivering 95% combined geographic coverage across the whole of the UK by the end of 2025. It said a recent example of its work in this area was the on the Isle of Gigha, where residents and businesses had gained access to faster and more reliable 4G services, improved network capacity and an enhanced mobile experience.
Away from mobile connectivity, VMO2 also confirmed that, having invested around GBP180 million (USD217 million) since 2015 to expand its network and bring ultrafast fixed broadband to more than 330,000 Scottish homes and businesses, following upgrade works completed last year all 1.2 million Scottish premises within its fixed network – covering roughly half of the country’s total households – are now able to access gigabit broadband delivering speeds of 1.1Gbps.