LONDON (Reuters) – the british O2 mobile phone network owned by spain’s Telefonica, said on Thursday it would launch the next-generation 5G services are in October, and is live in 20 cities by the end of the year, and in the 50’s by next summer.
FILE PHOTO: A woman speaks on her mobile phone outside an O2 shop in Loughborough, united kingdom, January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Staples/File Photo
Rivals EE and Vodafone, have recently begun to 5G services, Hutchison Three, it is set to start in the month of August.
London, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London and Slough, will be the first areas to benefit from the services, O2 said.
Customers will need to buy a 5G-compatible smartphones the use of the high-speed services, which typically offer speeds of up to 20 times faster than 4G.
O2 and Vodafone on Wednesday agreed to extend their network sharing agreement to help accelerate the deployment of 5G.
The deal enables the companies to share equipment, such as a radio antenna, on the combined sites of the network located in the united kingdom.
The companies are autonomous with their own equipment and install it at 25% of the sites, the parts of the tower.
In addition, they stated that they would continue to explore options to generate revenue for the joint venture, such as potential third-party investors.
Vodafone’s Chief Executive, Nick Read, has stated that he would like to make better use of the company’s poles, in Europe, by the encouragement of rival operators to use or sell any of the investments in the infrastructure.
Separately on Thursday, British telecoms regulator Ofcom said that it would be more of the ether had been for a license for a mobile business but have not been used by them for local use by any other party.
Ofcom’s spectrum group director Philip Marnick said: “Our new parts will help more people have access to the ether, to create local networks around the uk.”
“The benefits of this innovation can extend across our economy, from farms to factories, as well as the support of new technology enterprises.”
Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by David Evans