O2 4G customer growth double that of 3G

O2 4G customer growth double that of 3G

UK operator O2 has announced that it now has over two million customers using its 4G service.

The figures come on the back of news that coverage for the firm's superfast mobile broadband service is nearly triple that of 3G, rising from 16 per cent to over 45 per cent, all within the space of just 12 months.

During that time, O2 has seen the number of 4G customers nearly double in comparison to those adopting 3G, which was first launched back in 2005.

Its 4G service, along with that of rival firm Vodafone, was launched exactly a year ago and O2 claims it has since seen around 5,400 terabytes of 4G data carried across its network. That amounts to around eight million hours of HD video.

The figures mean that almost a fifth of all data used on O2's network is carried over using 4G.

Over 240 towns and cities now benefit from 4G access, with Uckfield and Southend becoming the most recent locations to become connected.

O2 UK chief operating officer Derek McManus said: “It’s been the fast build of any network in our history – just one year after launching 3G, we had reached 16 per cent of the UK population and, in the same timeframe, we already reach over 45 per cent of the UK population with 4G.

“Our £1.5 billion investment in our network over the next three years will mean we will help the UK to become a truly connected nation. As well as continuing to bring 4G to even more places, we are upgrading our 2G and 3G services until we cover 98 per cent of the UK population indoors by 2017.”

"In the same timeframe, we already reach over 45 per cent of the UK population with 4G."