UK based mobile network, O2 says that it has switched on a 3G network over the 900Mhz spectrum in the capital city, London. O2 is the first UK operator to take advantage of the change to its 900MHz network license and the new 3G900 network layer in London is expected to deliver a 50% increase in capacity to O2s existing 3G network.
The 900MHz frequency band was previously only licensed for GSM services in the UK, but it offers the capability to significantly improve the potential of 3G services. Since being granted its new network licence in January, O2 has already deployed 3G900 services in key cities across the UK, including Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester, with other cities set to follow in the coming months.
Customer testing has shown that, on average, O2 customers on 3G900 compatible devices such as the iPhone 4 are now receiving data 30% faster than before the new spectrum was allocated for 3G use.
Nigel Purdy, Chief Technology Officer for Telefónica O2 UK, said:
“This 3G900 switch-on is the latest in a series of network enhancements for O2, and is a first for the UK and Telefónica. Weve acted quickly to bring the benefits of 3G over 900MHz spectrum to our customers and were thrilled with the results. Quite simply, on O2s network, more customers can use more data, and experience it quicker.”