O2 says it’ll be switching on its ‘superfast’ 4G network in London, Leeds and Bradford on 29th August. It’ll then add a further 10 cities by the end of 2013.
The company’s 4G tariffs will cost from £26 per month. Customers will also receive 12 months of free music content if they buy a 4G consumer tariff direct from O2, although full details haven’t been revealed yet.
According to Ofcom, the UK’s 800MHz frequencies were finally cleared for 4G mobile use from yesterday.
Ronan Dunne, CEO of Telefónica UK - the company behind the O2 UK network - said “It’s great that I am able to announce O2 4G the day after the spectrum has been cleared for use. Digital connectivity will be made ubiquitous by 4G and become the oxygen of modern life. It is our intention to use 4G to inspire the nation through the possibilities of technology, encouraging people to live more, do more and be more with O2. The full potential of 4G is as yet unexplored, but what we can be sure of is that it will allow for a whole new world of opportunity that people are now ready for. Over half of our customers say they use more data than two years ago and even more use wifi wherever they go, to always stay connected. Given this trend, there is no doubt that 4G will transform our lives, be it as consumers, in business or through public sector services.”
As well as offering coverage in London, Leeds and Bradford, O2 is planning 4G coverage in Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry, Sheffield, Manchester and Edinburgh by the end of 2013.