BT signs 10-year 4G network deal with O2


BT is to provide O2 with additional 4G capacity and support the operator in the roll-out of its new superfast network

BT has signed a ten year deal with O2 which will see it help the operator build its 4G network.

The agreement means BT, which secured more spectrum in the 4G auction than O2, will provide the operator with the network capacity to support demand for 4G services, due to launch this summer.

BT will also provide O2 with an increase in backhaul capacity – or the links between its mobile base stations and the new network.

O2 UK chief technology officer Adrian Di Meo said: “With the UK’s 4G spectrum auction complete, UK mobile data traffic is set to grow by more than 400 per cent by 2016. This is a huge opportunity for us, as well as a technical challenge. But through our partnership with BT Wholesale, customers of O2 will be backed by a high-performance mobile internet network which we believe will release the potential of 4G services and result in unrivalled mobile phone and internet browsing experiences.”

BT Wholesale Markets managing director Chet Patel said: “Our network solution will help O2 to deliver a next generation mobile experience to their customers to fully exploit the exciting possibilities of 4G technologies. We are moving quickly to get O2 up and running.”