O2 has revealed plans to plonk 1,400 mini-masts across London to boost mobile phone reception and prepare the capital for 5G.
The mobile network provider said today it intends to roll-out all of the “small-cells” by the end of the year. The plans will cost the firm £80m.
The investment comes as O2 revealed a 31 per cent rise in capital expenditure in its first quarter results.
Read more: 5G to come to central London in 2017
The mobile firm posted revenues of £1.38bn, 2.1 per cent higher than the prior year.
O2 hailed success in terms of reception and customer satisfaction according to Ofcom’s annual service quality report, released in April.
Total customers grew 0.3 per cent year-on-year, with 100,000 new contract customers secured during the first three months of 2017.
Evans added: “We will continue to differentiate and deliver for our loyal customers through our customer led, mobile first strategy.”
In April, O2 partnered with the City of London Corporation and Cornerstone Telecommunications to roll-out and manage a new wireless network in the square mile.
Mobile cells are being inserted into the financial district’s street furniture. Lampposts, street signs and CCTV columns are being used to house the technology.