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Samsung to launch 4G/5G trials with Virgin Media O2 in the UK

Samsung Electronics announced that the company will carry out 4G and 5G trials with Virgin Media O2 in the U.K. During the trials, the two companies will verify the capability and performance of Samsung’s 4G and 5G network solutions in Virgin Media O2’s commercial network. The...

Virgin Media O2 selects Ericsson for 5G Standalone deployment

Ericsson said it has been selected by U.K. carrier Virgin Media O2 provide the core kit for its Standalone (SA) 5G network, with the infrastructure expected to support a range of advanced applications including Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and other immersive media...

Virgin Media O2 officially launches in the UK

The merger between UK operators Virgin Media and O2 has officially been completed, following recent regulatory approvals in the country. The new Virgin Media O2 is one of the U.K.’s largest operators with 47 million connections including broadband, mobile, TV and fixed lines. The new business...

UK regulator clears Virgin Media/O2 JV

The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has decided to allow the proposed merger between mobile operator O2, owned by Spanish telco Telefonica, and fixed operator Virgin Media. The regulator had issued a provisional approval of this merger last month. Both Virgin and O2 sell wholesale...

O2’s 5G network reaches 180 towns and cities in the UK

UK mobile operator O2, owned by Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica, announced that its 5G network already reaches part of 180 towns and cities across the country. “O2 continued to invest in strengthening the network experience for its customers. The company secured a significant share of...

O2, Vodafone UK announce 5G spectrum trading deal

U.K. operators O2 and Vodafone have announced a new deal to trade airwaves to create more efficient blocks of 5G spectrum. The two operators already share mast infrastructure in parts of the U.K. The carriers noted that this new deal will enable improved coverage for customers...

UK regulator provisionally clears Virgin Media/O2 JV

The U.K.’s competition authority dismissed concerns that a merger of mobile operator O2 and fixed operator Virgin Media would have negative implications on wholesale services, provisionally clearing the proposed deal without conditions. In a statement, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said its investigation concluded...

UK telcos commit to pay $1.88 billion for additional 5G spectrum

The U.K. has completed its latest 5G spectrum auction, raising a total of GBP 1.35 billion ($1.88 billion), telecommunications regulator Ofcom said in a release. Ofcom said that local carriers EE, Hutchison 3G UK, Telefonica’s O2 and Vodafone took part in the principal stage of...

UK regulator to kick off 5G spectrum auction on March 12

The U.K. telecommunications regulator Ofcom officially announced that the its 5G spectrum auction will start on March 12. “The auction will increase the total amount of spectrum available for mobile technology in the UK by nearly a fifth, bringing better and faster services to people...

Liberty Global confident on closing Virgin Media/O2 JV by mid-2021: CEO

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries said that a merger of its Virgin Media UK brand with Telefonica’s local mobile operator O2 was on track to be completed this year, citing positive progress being made with regulators. The executive noted the transaction was expected to meet...

O2 trials Open RAN with NEC and Altiostar

As O2 continues to shake out the role of Open RAN in both sparsely populated and dense urban areas, it's latest trial tapped Japan's NEC as system integrator and, according to COO Derek McManus, is the latest step in "transform our network through collaboration...

O2, EE expand 5G coverage in the UK

U.K. mobile operators O2 and EE expanded the footprint of their 5G networks in the country, both firms said in separate statements. O2, owned by Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica, said that its nationwide 5G network now reaches 150 towns and cities across the UK. The telco...

O2 tests O-RAN to boost connectivity for UK industries, businesses

U.K. operator O2, owned by Spanish telco Telefonica, said it has successfully piloted the integration and operation of Vilicom’s Open RAN (O-RAN) infrastructure, enhancing indoor mobile connectivity for O2 business customers over Vilicom’s Connectivity-as-a-Service (CaaS) network platform. O2 said it plans to connect the pilot...

The current state of 5G deployments in the UK

The U.K. is one of the most developed markets in Europe in terms of 5G deployments. The country’s four mobile operators have already launched 5G technologies in the U.K.’s main cities as well as in several small and medium-sized cities. EE EE, part of telecom group...

O2 expands 5G network in the UK

  After kicking off 5G services in large public venues, U.K. operator O2, owned by Spanish telco Telefonica, announced that its 5G network now serves a total of 108 towns and cities across the country. O2 launched its 5G network in the UK in October 2019....

EE expands 5G to 12 new cities in the UK

  U.K. carrier EE, part of telecom group BT, announced it has switched on 5G technology in 12 new cities and towns across the country. The new areas covered by EE’s 5G network are Aberdeen, Aldershot, Barrhead, Blackpool, Castleford, Crawley, Mirfield, Oxford, Porthcawl, Shipley, Stafford and...

Telefonica, Liberty Global to launch 5G in 100 UK cities by end-2021

  Telefonica and Liberty Global announced the aim to offer 5G services in 100 towns and cities across the U.K. by the end of 2021, following the proposed merger of Telefonica’s O2 and Virgin Media, U.K. newspaper The Times reported. According to the report, Telefonica’s CEO...

Ericsson extends 5G partnership with UK’s O2

  Ericsson has been selected by U.K. carrier O2 to deploy its 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) to upgrade existing 2G/3G/4G sites as part of a network modernization program. Following the launch of O2’s 5G commercial network in October last year, the extended partnership with Ericsson...

Liberty Global, Telefonica agree to merge UK operations

  Liberty Global and Telefonica have reached an agreement to merge their U.K. operations in a 50-50 joint venture. This move brings together the country's largest mobile operator, O2, with cable operator Virgin Media and its MVNO Virgin Mobile. The combined subscriber base of the two companies,...

Vodafone urges London to award more 5G spectrum now due to COVID-19

U.K. carrier Vodafone has has written to the government calling for the planned auction of 5G spectrum to be dropped due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, local newspaper The Telegraph reported. The auction is expected to raise over £1 billion ($1.23 billion). The operator has written to...

UK regulator finalizes rules for upcoming 5G spectrum auction

  U.K. telecom regulator Ofcom has finalized rules for an upcoming auction of spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3.6 GHz to 3.8 GHz bands, with the aim of boosting the rollout of 5G technology across the country. The regulator said in a release that it...

Tesco Mobile launches 5G in 24 UK cities via O2’s network

  Tesco Mobile has officially launched its 5G network in 24 towns and cities across the U.K., using infrastructure from mobile operator O2. Some of the cities in which the company is already offering its 5G service includes Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool,...

Three UK to offer 5G services in 65 new cities by end-February

Three UK using 3.6 GHz for its 5G deployment U.K. mobile operator Three expects its 5G service to be available in 65 new locations across the country from the end of February, the telco said in a release. Some of the new cities in which...

O2 UK launches LTE-M network on 50 cell sites, more to follow

As IoT devices and applications continues to rise, O2 is confident that LTE-M will continue to support that increase Telefonica’s O2 UK has launched its 4G-based LTE-M networks of 50 of its cell sites, claiming to be the first in the UK to do so....

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