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O2 launches pilot to boost London network ahead of 5G

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Hey guys,

 

We've just announced a new network trial we're launching in the capital. Check out some of the highlights below, including further info and details:


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  • 'Massive MIMO' pilot in Kings Cross and Marble Arch

 

 

  • Technology to enhance connectivity and lay foundations for 5G across the capital

 

 

  • Part of O2's technology partnership with Nokia to modernise UK mobile network

 

O2 is working with Nokia on two Massive MIMO trials in Kings Cross and Marble Arch, aimed at enhancing connectivity for O2 customers and paving the way for the future deployment of 5G across the capital. Massive MIMO technology works by sending multiple beams of data from an antenna to devices, increasing performance and enhancing capacity with the ability to serve more users simultaneously. By trialling the technology in locations with high levels of data traffic, O2 will be able to boost coverage in these areas whilst also evaluating the technology for future deployment in urban areas.  Over 95 million people travel through the Kings Cross St Pancras area every year and over 14 million passed through Marble Arch area last year. The pilot uses the additional 2.3GHz spectrum that O2 secured earlier this year in the spectrum auction. O2 was the only UK network to secure extra 2.3GHz capacity to boost its existing network

5G foundations
In addition to enhancing current network capacity, the pilot will lay the foundation for the next-generation of mobile connectivity- 5G.  Massive MIMO technology is expected to be able to help deliver the demand for increased data usage that is expected once 5G is rolled out.  Demand for data has continued to increase in recent years, with the average mobile user consuming 1.9 GB a month last year. O2 will evaluate the trials with a view to potentially deploying the technology elsewhere in London and beyond to enhance connectivity as the operator continues to modernise its network in cities across the UK.

Check out the full story here for the source, including quotes from Brendan O'Reilly, CTO at Telefonica UK, and also Paul Kander, manager of Telefonica UK account at Nokia.

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Re: O2 launches pilot to boost London network ahead of 5G

@EmilieT Is it an open trial or limited to certain users 

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Re: O2 launches pilot to boost London network ahead of 5G

Hey @adamtemp64, good question! It’s open to all users, so customers in these areas don't need to do anything extra to connect to those sites slight smile

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Thanks @EmilieT o2 on Twitter confirmed that ,

 

will speed test around Marble Arch Monday 

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Awesome @adamtemp64! Looking forward to hearing more on that thumbsup

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As promised a few speed tests around 4:15 am was Marble Arch rest all around city of London with free Wi-Fi (o2) and last one outside work in Shaftesbury DORSET 

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Re: O2 launches pilot to boost London network ahead of 5G

So it makes sense to get up out and about early for a good signal rofl

Thanks for checking things out @adamtemp64 and posting the results so that people can see 👀 the differences.

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Normal time of the day for my new job lol
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Thanks for showing those speeds @adamtemp64

It's a good reference point for others.

 

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@Cleoriff Shame Luton was better today than London for 4g data lol 

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