O2 4G coverage continues to expand

O2 4G coverage continues to expand

O2's 4G network now covers one-third of the indoor UK population, with reports suggesting it is set to increase its reach even further.

Outdoor coverage currently stands at 41 per cent, with the company's superfast mobile broadband now available in 191 towns and cities across the country.

The firm's next-generation network was first launched back in August 2013 and has amassed more than a million subscribers.

That has mainly been driven by significant demand from both regular and commercial customers.

And it could soon get better for the company, as it is already looking at plans to further extend the reach of its 4G network by way of an infrastructure modernisation programme.

O2 claims the plans will be one of the largest improvement projects to take place in the UK.

It will see  a quarter or 4,500 of its 2G and 3G masts upgraded by the end of this year, allowing users to benefit from increased call quality and all-round network experience, while also enhancing call and data connectivity at peak times and in high-density areas.

Derek McManus, chief operating officer of Telefonica UK, said: "This year we’re continuing that roll-out and concurrently modernising our 2G and 3G networks."

"It’s vital that we also bring seamless coverage to people that have never had it before.

"We remain focused on delivering an experience that exceeds our customers’ expectations."

The news is sure to come as a boost to small and medium-sized companies, many of which have already been encouraged to adopt superfast broadband to help them work more effectively on the move.

Business customers can also benefit from cut-price tariffs, while existing 3G customers of O2 will be entitled to an upgrade to 4G at no extra cost, which when combined with the company's expansion plans, could mean that more smaller firms could soon benefit from the use of 4G.