O2 launches super-fast 4G network in London

News Article - Tuesday, 15 November 2011 11:27

Category: Connectivity

Mobile telecoms operator O2 has switched on the first 4G LTE network in London in a trial that is expected to last nine months and lead to a major boost in connectivity in the capital. The technology will be accessible to consumers, businesses and venue owners in an area of London encompassing Hyde Park, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Soho, Westminster, the South Bank and Kings Cross.

According to O2, the network will provide an internet experience comparable to the fastest fibre optic home broadband connections. As a result, people will be able to access high-definition video, music streaming capabilities, online gaming and various social media features. Downloading 500Mb of data will take less than one minute.

Ronan Dunne, chief executive officer of Telefonica UK, which owns O2, said: "The work we are doing now will lay the foundations for our commercial 4G network when it launches in the UK."

Last month, Ofcom postponed its 4G spectrum sale because of legal wrangling between the government and mobile network operators.

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