A number of iconic locations across the UK will see enhanced mobile connectivity as O2 prepares to rollout its 5G network. Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium, Lord’s Cricket Ground and ExCel London will be among the places benefitting from a collaboration with the Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG).
Brendan O’Reilly, chief technology officer at O2, said: “We strive to deliver a great network experience to all our customers, including some of the UK’s busiest locations where network demand is at its peak. “Our multi-million pound investment with our partners at WIG should provide O2 customers with even better connectivity in the places they love to visit.”
A number of shopping centres across the UK will also benefit from the introduction of the new technology, with Bluewater, Metrocentre, and Trafford Centre among them. WIG uses neutral-host infrastructure to bring 5G to a variety of buildings with differing uses, including offices, hotels and public venues, totalling more than one billion visitors a year. Guests staying at the Savoy, The Ned and Pullman hotels will also see 5G being made available ahead of the public rollout.
O2’s scheduled implementation of 5G starts with its four corners of the UK plan, which will see London, Belfast, Cardiff, and Edinburgh all receiving the fifth-generation technology as a matter of priority. The network has committed to introducing 5G in 2019, while other UK providers will be following suit and offering it from next year. Boasting 25 million customers, O2 is the second-largest mobile network operator in the UK, eclipsed only by EE.