Ipswich becomes 500th town to receive 4G from O2


Activation is part of operator’s five-year plan that is seeing it invest £3 billion to roll out 4G while also modernising its existing 2G and 3G networks

Ipswich has become the 500th UK town to receive 4G from O2 since the operator went live with its superfast services in August 2013.

O2 customers using 4G devices in the Ipswich area have already been moved to 4G tariffs, at no extra cost.

Since launch, the network has amassed more than five million 4G customers, with outdoor population coverage reaching 70 per cent. The aim is to reach 98 per cent of the UK population by the end of 2017.

The activation is part of O2’s five-year upgrade plan launched in 2012, which is seeing it invest £3 billion to roll out 4G across the country while also modernising its existing 2G and 3G networks.

4G on O2 is available on both contract and prepay tariffs with data allowances offering between 500MB and 20GB of data per month with up to unlimited minutes and texts.

The operator also offers tools and assistance for customers, including coverage checkers, data calculators and Gurus available in store and online.

O2 chief operating officer Derek McManus said: “This is a significant step in bringing 4G to our customers and is our fastest ever roll-out of new mobile technology.

“At the same time, we’ve been transforming the core part of our network to introduce new features to enhance our customer’s experience such as HD Voice which brings higher and clearer quality sound to calls. We’re also getting ready to launch new capabilities like voice and video calls over 4G in the coming months.”

Minister for State, Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey MP congratulated O2 on its achievement, adding: “A strong 4G network is vital to ensure the benefits of the digital economy reach consumers and businesses across the UK.”