O2 reaches 4G target for 2013 six weeks early


Operator launches in Newcastle and Edinburgh, reaching its target of 13 cities before the end of the year a month-and-a-half ahead of schedule 

O2 has reached its 4G rollout target for this year six weeks early, after switching on the network in a further two cities.

The superfast network has today gone live in Newcastle and Edinburgh, as well as the towns of Huddersfield and Wetherby.

O2 has now rolled out 4G to 13 cities, a target it set itself to achieve by the end of this year when it launched the services on August 29.

The addition of Huddersfield and Wetherby means the network has now gone live in almost 100 surrounding UK towns.

Earlier this month, O2 announced 4G indoor population coverage had reached 25 per cent, with around a million customers with 4G-enabled handsets.

However, O2 UK CEO Ronan Dunne remained tight lipped on 4G customer numbers, insisting his priority is to create choice and flexibility across O2’s entire portfolio of services.