5G LaunchJuly 25th, 2019
O2 have announced its October 5G launch
O2 confirms 5G network switch-on in October 2019, going live in 20 towns and cities this year and a total of 50 by Summer 2020. They are targeting the 5G rollout where customers need it most, prioritising transport hubs, key business areas and entertainment and sports venues including The O2 and Twickenham Stadium.
Customers on O2’s custom plans will be able to upgrade to a 5G handset when the time is right for them.
O2 customers will benefit from 5G connectivity from October this year. Britain’s best network for coverage* will initially switch on across key hubs in areas of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough and Leeds, ensuring 5G is available where customers need it most. O2 switch-on will see faster speeds and new opportunities reaching customers in 20 towns and cities by the end of the year and 50 by summer 2020.
For customers who want to get 5G ready ahead of launch, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be available to purchase from Thursday 8 August with the Xiaomi Mix 3 5G coming later in August. Further devices will be rolled out ready for launch. Following the launch in October, both consumer and business customers will be able to select a 5G tariff that suits them.
O2’s industry-leading custom plans ensure that customers have the flexibility to take advantage of 5G on their terms. Customers on O2 custom plans can move to 5G at any time they chose. For customers who want to stick with their current handset, custom plans gives them the flexibility to trade in their existing non-5G handset and take out a new 5G handset and tariff any time after launch. Full detail of O2’s tariffs, handsets and devices will be revealed later this year.
Continuing investment in 4G
O2 will implement a balanced 5G rollout with a commitment to continue upgrading its 4G network across the country and ensuring flexible and transparent tariffs are available for all. According to YouGov, while only 11% of consumers think network operators should prioritise the rollout of 5G, 31% would prefer improved 4G connectivity and fair tariffs to be more of a priority.
4G remains the backbone of the O2 network and, earlier this year, O2 announced it was upgrading its infrastructure at sports venues across the country such as Liverpool’s 54,000 capacity Anfield Stadium, Lord’s cricket ground and a range of major UK shopping centres, including Bluewater in Kent.
*Best Network for Coverage – uSwitch 2019