O2 4G customer uptake double that of 3G in first year


Operator has more than two million 4G customers, as population coverage almost trebles compared with 3G in its first 12 months 

O2 has seen customer numbers double on 4G compared to its 3G network in the first 12 months.

The operator, along with Vodafone, launched its 4G network exactly a year ago today, and at the end of Q2, had amassed just over two million 4G customers. It had switched on its 3G network in February 2005.

Population coverage within the UK has almost trebled too in the first year, from 16 per cent on 3G to more than 45 per cent on 4G.

O2 revealed that in the 12 months since launch, 5,400 terabytes of 4G data has been carried – the equivalent of eight million hours of HD video. Nearly a fifth (20 per cent) of all data used on O2’s network is carried over 4G.

The firm’s 4G network is now  available in more than 240 UK towns and cities, from Paisley in Scotland to Bournemouth in the south-west and across the Irish Sea to Lisburn and Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Customers with a 4G-ready device in Uckfield and Southend can also begin to benefit from 4G from today.

O2 UK COO Derek McManus said: “It’s been the fast build of any network in our history – just one year after launching 3G, we had reached 16 per cent of the UK population and, in the same timeframe, we already reach over 45 per cent of the UK population with 4G.

“Our £1.5 billion investment in our network over the next three years will mean we will help the UK to become a truly connected nation. As well as continuing to bring 4G to even more places, we are upgrading our 2G and 3G services until we cover 98 per cent of the UK population indoors by 2017.”