Need advice? Call our experts free on
0800 090 1342

O2 and Vodafone team up to boost 4G rollout

Friday, June 8th 2012
Rival operators O2 and Vodafone have announced plans to share their mast infrastructure.
O2 and Vodafone team up to boost 4G rollout
O2 and Vodafone are set to pool their resources in a bid to speed up the deployment of super-fast 4G mobile broadband infrastructure.

The mobile operators have pledged to boost 2G and 3G coverage in urban and rural areas to 98 per cent of the indoor population by 2015, in a move that they claim will "lay the foundations" for two competing 4G networks.

It will allow a nationwide 4G service to be deployed faster than if the two companies were to work independently.

Ofcom's second consultation on the use of the 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum bands for 4G included proposals for one of the 800MHz licences to deliver 98 per cent indoor coverage by 2017.

Under the carriers' plans, both will have access to a single grid of 18,500 masts, representing an increase of more than 40 per cent for each operator.

Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete, chairman and chief executive of O2's parent company Telefonica Europe, said: "We are committed to providing the very best networks which will not only help facilitate this transition, but at the same time help to deliver Digital Britain and provide our customers with the very best connectivity."

Related Stories

More than 1,000 public buildings in the UK will gain free Wi-Fi by March 2015.
Glastonbury Festival attendees will be able to access superfast broadband thanks to a herd of technical cows.
South Lakes MP and chairman of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron has urged BT to be more transparent about its fibre optic rollout.
Engineers are working to bring superfast broadband to the Isle of Wight.
Rhyl gets 4G internet
25th April 2014
The north Wales town of Rhyl will now be covered by EE's 4GEE internet offering.
A council in Kent has agreed a contract with a data centre in Maidstone.

Add a comment

Your name
Your e-mail address

Comments (0)

Postcode checker
Compare broadband packages in your area
Home  |  Guides  |  Links  |  Local  |  Sitemap  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms
Copyright © 2005-2014 All rights reserved.