Thursday 17 October 2019 12:01 am

O2 completes UK 5G rollout as it switches on network in six cities

O2 has today switched on its 5G network in London and five other locations across the countries, completing the rollout of the new high-speed network for the major UK providers.

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The new network will be available in London, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Slough and Leeds, with a total of towns and cities earmarked for launch by the end of the year.

O2’s 5G will initially be available in the busiest locations, such as London Waterloo, Kings Cross, Twickenham and the Emirates Stadium.

Customers will be able to access the network on a variety of custom tariffs, including an unlimited data option, without a premium.

“I believe 5G is going to revolutionise the way people and businesses use mobile connectivity, unlocking huge possibilities for our economy and society,” said Mark Evans, chief executive of O2 parent company Telefonica UK.

“No one in the country has all the answers today, but I’m excited about getting it into the hands of our customers and working with leading partners to help shape the future of 5G for the next generation.”

The launch marks the final 5G switch-on for major providers, following rollouts by EE, Vodafone and Three.

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However, the network is currently only available in certain locations, and all four major providers will be adding extra towns and cities over the coming years.

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