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O2 Boosts London Network Ahead of 5G

O2 has furthered their huge investment in the future of data and 5G by launching a pilot to enhance 4G signal in London.

This uses radio technology and will be vital in paving the way for the launch of 5G next year. Nokia are providing the equipment for two massive MIMO (Multiple-input multiple-output) trials in Kings Cross and Marble Arch. This will hugely enhance connectivity for O2 customers. 

So how do MIMO masts work? Reports explain that they enable the transmitting and receiving of more than one data signal simultaneously over the same radio channel, using multiple antennas. This will help the efficiency of areas with high levels of data transmission traffic.

The pilot uses the additional 2.3GHz spectrum that O2 secured earlier this year. O2 are leading the way for the UK on this playing field, being the only UK network to secure extra 2.3GHz capacity to boost its existing network.

“We recognise that customers’ need for mobile data in London and other urban areas continues to grow at a rapid pace.”, says O2 chief technology officer Brendan O’Reilly. “This is why we are working with Nokia to trial Massive MIMO and to explore the opportunities to provide the increased capacity and denser coverage for our customers, in the areas they need it most.”

We certainly believe that this pilot will hugely boost areas in which data traffic is high, and pave the way for a better connected country when 5G is launched.

Posted on 30 November 2018