O2 urge government cooperation on 4G roll out


Ronan Dunne, O2 CEO, has said the government needs to “work together” with the operator to realise the economic potential of 4G

O2 CEO Ronan Dunne has urged the government to acknowledge the importance of 4G as well as broadband, after chancellor George Osborne failed to mention the superfast technology in his spending review today (June 26).

Osborne said the government will spend £50 billion on “roads to railways, bridges to broadband, science to schools”.

Over £300 billion will be spent by the end of this decade on the infrastructure.

Dunne said: “A budget boost for road, rail and high speed internet infrastructure is just part of the opportunity to kick-start our economic recovery. Our economy is now a digital economy and 4G will be the new infrastructure vital to powering the digital products and services that our economy needs.

“As our investment is realised and our 4G network goes live this summer we have the chance to mark a new era and open up life-changing opportunities for business and Government. But, to unlock economic growth, we need to work together to understand the full potential presented by 4G and turn it into services that improve people’s lives.”