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O2 signs network upgrade deal to bring LTE to the south of England
Monday 31 January 2011 12:34:04 by John Hunt

O2 have signed a three year deal with Nokia Siemens Networks, who already supply O2's existing network, to provide upgrades to the 3G service and to enable it to start running LTE (Long Term Evolution) when licenses have been issued. 'Flexi Multiradio Base Stations' from the company will be deployed which should help future-proof the network as they are largely software controlled. This allows the devices to support both existing GSM and 3G networks whilst also being compatible with LTE through a software upgrade.

"We are committed to providing our radio equipment to power O2's great network and increasing coverage and capacity for Telefónica O2 UK.

Our Flexi Multiradio Base Station is recognized as the market leader. The hardware being delivered now, as well as providing O2 customers with faster data rates and better connectivity, will also allow support for future LTE services with a simple software upgrade.

Rob Stent, (head of customer team for Telefónica O2 UK and Ireland) Nokia Siemens Networks

O2 customers shouldn't get too excited about this announcement however. Whilst improvements to the 3G network will be valued, upgrades to LTE are not likely to occur until 2014 due to the lengthy process required for the issuing of licenses by Ofcom, so the UK will continue to lag behind other countries who are already deploying LTE now.

Comments

Posted by krazykizza over 6 years ago
and so it begins.
Posted by mitchja over 6 years ago
By the time LTE actually sees the light of day in the UK, their will no doubt be something better available.
Posted by doowles over 6 years ago
Guess it might be more mature technology by then but really don't understand why we are always so late to technology in this country.
Posted by otester over 6 years ago
Government regulation hindering progress as usual...
Posted by ElBobbo over 6 years ago
Well, LTE's a pretty great technology, minimal latency and decent enough bandwidth (even if it is shared).
Posted by doowles over 6 years ago
Actually reading up on it it seems its not the government but the telecoms companies litigating about how the auctions are being divided up which is causing the delay.
Posted by Makaijin over 6 years ago
Although LTE will still take a while over here, I'm more interested in the more immediate impact and changes. Like for example, faster and/or easier employment of 3G services in the 900 Mhz frequency bands.
Posted by bosie over 6 years ago
The question is can O2's network hold up until 3 years from now? During peak hours I can't make or receive calls, SMS arrive days late and the Internet just hangs for much of the day.
Posted by chrysalis over 6 years ago
2014 and only then to the south of the country, this country lags horrifically on telecoms technology.
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
that's because it's full of moaners rather than doers
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