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O2 UK Confirm 4G Mobile Broadband Launch for 29th August 2013

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 (7:22 am) - Score 812

Mobile operator O2 (O24G) look set to be the first to take on EE’s rival network after announcing a 29th August 2013 launch date and the first roll-out locations for their new 4G (LTE at 800MHz) based Mobile Broadband network, which eventually aims to reach 98% of the UK population (indoor and outdoor).

The first to benefit on launch day will be approximately 5 million people in London, Leeds and Bradford. But by the end of 2013 O2’s new network will have expanded to cover a total of 13 cities (mobile operators always upgrade dense urban areas first). Apparently specific switch-on dates for the other cities (listed below) will be announced “over the coming weeks“.

Ronan Dunne, CEO of Telefónica UK (O2), said:

It’s great that I am able to announce O2 4G the day after the spectrum has been cleared for use. Digital connectivity will be made ubiquitous by 4G and become the oxygen of modern life. It is our intention to use 4G to inspire the nation through the possibilities of technology, encouraging people to live more, do more and be more with O2.

The full potential of 4G is as yet unexplored, but what we can be sure of is that it will allow for a whole new world of opportunity that people are now ready for. Over half of our customers say they use more data than two years ago and even more use wifi wherever they go, to always stay connected. Given this trend, there is no doubt that 4G will transform our lives, be it as consumers, in business or through public sector services.”

O2s UK 4G Rollout for 2013
London
Leeds
Bradford
Birmingham
Newcastle
Glasgow
Liverpool
Nottingham
Leicester
Coventry
Sheffield
Manchester
Edinburgh

O2 also intends to compliment the network by launching a range of new tariffs to accompany the service, which will apparently “go beyond what has already been offered in the 4G market” and be priced from £26 a month (SIM only and Pay Monthly tariffs will be available from launch. Pay&Go tariffs will launch in the coming months).

Sadly the operator has yet to outline the specific details but we do known that those who buy a 4G consumer tariff direct from O2 will benefit from 12 months free music content. Meanwhile EE’s cheapest package is £21 but without more information we can’t make a direct comparison.

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7 Responses
  1. Avatar stephen says:

    Oh surprise surprise, it’s getting rolled out first to the big cities that already have 4G. Do the non EE providers not think that they might be able to make up ground by being the first to supply areas that EE don’t? What’s the point in following in the shadow of someone who’s had a years head start, surely they could recruit a lot of new customers in areas where they are the first provider.
    Lets see if Vodafone & 3 can do any better!

    1. Avatar sam says:

      @stephen: These are different frequencies, some phones only ship with 1 of these frequencies, this is one of the reasons why there are often delays with handsets going on sale in britain and america. It makes financial sense to do cities first. Give it 18 months and most of the uk will be able to get these new speeds from these different operators. I’m sure three will offer some competitive prices.

  2. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

    Sadly that wouldn’t make any sense for big commercial operators, which will first seek to deploy 4G where most of their existing customers are and that’s in cities.

  3. Avatar Stephen says:

    Yes I agree that they need to serve the bigger cities first to make their money but why not throw in a few cities that don’t already have 4G coverage? That way they can try to get ahead of EE in those areas instead of just playing catchup? I’m sure lots of people will be waiting to take out new contract with the first ISP to provide in their area.

  4. Avatar Richard says:

    According to the BBC O2 aim to get 98% coverage by end of 2015!
    I wonder what % coverage O2 claim for their 3G service?
    My own experiance is that O2 3G is none existant in great swathes of southern England.
    I would be happy just to get O2 3G along the A303…..

  5. Avatar Stephen says:

    Same in Aberdeenshire, 02’s 3G covergae is almost non existent. I have just switched to 3 and what a difference, I can get speeds across a vast area ranging from 4-20MB/S.

  6. Avatar dragoneast says:

    Can’t win can they?

    For fixed line broadband everyone complains how they can can’t get the speeds they deserve because every supplier has to use the same OpenReach infrastructure.

    When it comes to mobile where every supplier has their own infrastructure, people still complain they can’t get the speeds they deserve.

    Oh dearie dearie me.

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