O2 expands 4G rollout by adding Brighton and St Albans


Network now available across 15 cities and over 160 surrounding towns, covering almost a third of the indoor population

O2 has now rolled out its 4G network in Brighton and St Albans. It has now launched in 15 cities and more than 160 towns, reaching 31 per cent indoor population coverage. It has also doubled the number of towns the service is now available in.

The operator launched its 4G network on August 29, setting itself a target of hitting 13 towns before the end of the year but on November 19, it revealed it had hit this milestone six weeks early.

O2 first launched 4G in London, Leeds and Bradford, and has since made 4G available in Birmingham, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

However O2 has remained tightlipped on customer numbers, with CEO Ronan Dunne telling Mobile News in November that the priority is to create choice and flexibility across the operator’s entire portfolio of services.

EE was the first to launch 4G in the UK when it went live on October 30, 2012, and is now available in more than 160 towns and cities. Early last month, it announced it had amassed two million 4G customers – doubling that base in the previous four months and achieving its aim of reaching the milestone before the end of Q1 2014.

Vodafone’s began rolling out its 4G network the same day as O2. It covers 13 cities and around 80 towns and districts in and around London and the South East. Last week it announced it had amassed 373,000 4G customers since launch.

Three was the last of the mobile operator to launch 4G when it went live with its services in December, initially launching in Birmingham, London, Manchester and Reading, targeting 50 cities by the end of this year and 98 per cent population coverage by the end of 2015. It is aiming to have eight million customers on a 4G tariff by the end of this quarter.