O2 is teaming up with UK communications infrastructure company Arqiva to improve mobile connectivity in a selection of London boroughs.
Through the partnership, 300 small cells will be deployed across London in boroughs such as Hammersmith and Fulham, Richmond upon Thames, Wandsworth, Camden, and Lambeth.
These cells, which will be installed on street assets like lampposts, will deliver enhanced mobile data capacity and coverage with the deployment of 5G connectivity on the horizon. Initial sites will go live by summer 2018, with deployment continuing through to 2020.
“National 5G infrastructure – when it arrives in a few years’ time – will not only have a crucial impact on our economy, it will change the way we live our lives,” said Brendan O’Reilly, CTO at O2. “Our partnership with Arqiva reflects this belief and demonstrates our commitment to exploring opportunities to provide the increased capacity and denser coverage our customers deserve in the areas they need it most. Only by working together, with industry partners, regulators, and government policy makers, will we be able to continue delivering the best for our customers and to help the UK maintain the digital leadership we have all worked so hard to establish.”