Mobile coverage of London to be boosted by O2 with £80 million investment

To improve the mobile coverage in London, the major mobile operator O2 will be investing £80 million, by the end of the year. O2 will be installing ‘small cells’ and also build new towers and free Wi-Fi hotspots across London. The operator’s deployment will help to meed the growing demand in the capital for mobile data and help lay the foundation for 5G services envisaged in the future. Recently a multi-million pound collaboration with Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd, was announced by O2, to deploy over the Square Mile in the capital a free public Wi-Fi network.

O2 will be installing some 1,400 ‘small cell’ transmitters across London, to improve capacity and to boost signals of its network both indoors and outdoors. ‘Small cells’ installed on buildings and street furniture found across the financial district, intends to enhance street-level coverage of their mobile network. It will effectively replace the current service provided by The Cloud, to benefit visitors, residents and businesses here.

The COO of O2, Derek McManus, said they recognise that the demand for mobile data continues to grow rapidly in London and other urban areas. Digital connectivity is important to drive the economy and ensure that London can remain competitive on a global scale, he added. He pointed out that this is why they are investing from ‘small cells’ to macro masts, to ensure customers get what they need – reliable coverage wherever they go. Mark Boleat of the City of London Corporation said this should make ‘not-spots’ a thing of the past. He stressed that for any modern competitive financial centre, free reliable high-speed wireless internet is a must.

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