O2 switches on new 3G network in London which will boost download speeds by 30%

18 March 2011

Bitterwallet - O2 will unlock the iPhoneO2 are claiming that they've switched on a new 3G network across London which will boost mobile data download speeds by 30%.

And now, loads of confusing numbers.

They reckon that they're the first mobile company in the UK to use the changes in spectrum rules that allow providers to use the 900MHz spectrum to deliver 3G data.

“This 3G900 switch-on is the latest in a series of network enhancements,” said Nigel Purdy, chief technology officer for Telefónica O2 UK. “The upgrade brings the benefits of 3G over 900MHz spectrum to our customers.”

O2 state that they've already deployed 3G900 services in Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester, with other cities to be switched on soon.

What does this actually mean? Well, it translates into faster speeds for you and your phone and, the upgrade should provide 50% more capacity on the network as the 3G900 data stream would run in tandem with its existing 3G services.

O2 said the 3G900 services would be available on UMTS/HSPA 900MHz compatible smartphones and tablets, which include the HTC Desire and Apple's iPhone and iPad 3G.

Got that? Good.

TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile


  • Matthew
    Super. Now wouldn't it be nice if I could get a signal at home...or at work...or at my parents house...
  • blablabla500
    Great, I can't wait to use my 3G signal to browse, stream radio and watch YouTube on the go. Oh wait, I'm now pegged at a measly 500MB per month so even though I have this super 3G900 signal, I cant use it to its potential...
  • tin
    Utter BS. O2 and Voda have been desperate to use 900 because the signal propagates further meaning the need for less base stations. While not necessarily the case technically for various reasons, this will undoubtedly lead to less bandwidth as more users share fewer cells. 3 must be boiling mad.
  • James M.
    Hmm, that's odd. Internally in VF we were told this wasn't going ahead due to ofcom saying no as it wasn't fair to the other 1800 networks (orange, t-mob) Guess we were fed a pack of lies then....
  • Ten B.
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