O2, The UK telecom services provider has announced that it will be launching its 5G network in October. The service will go live for 20 towns and cities in the UK this year.
The UK-based telecom company owned by Telefónica has said that the service will reach out to as many as 50 towns and cities by next summer. The company has announced that the coverage will begin from the key areas of Belfast, Edinburgh, London, Cardiff, Leeds, and Slough.
Mark Evans, the CEO of Telefónica UK said: “As we switch on our network across the country, our intelligence-led roll-out prioritises the key areas in towns and cities first – the places where our customers need, and will use, 5G the most. We’re also giving our customers maximum flexibility with our industry-leading custom plans, letting people adopt 5G at a time that’s right for them.”
O2 is working with major businesses like Northumbrian Water Group and Network Rail to build the 5G network. The company has also announced that it will be opening “5G innovation spaces” with the 5G rollout. These spaces will be dedicated to startups to test 5G environments.