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O2 enables 5G network in five UK cities and in its home town

By Ramla Soni

5G promises a more reliable connection in extra busy places

O2 enables 5G network in five UK cities and in its home town

Mobile network provider O2 has switched on its 5G network, the last UK provider to do so.

The network will initially be available in five UK cities including Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds and London.

Slough, where O2 has its headquarters, will be the first non-city to benefit from its 5G, with 20 other towns and cities to follow this year, before rolling out to a total of 50 by summer 2020, O2 claims.

The firm will be targeting transport hubs, key business areas and entertainment and sports venues, including The O2 and Twickenham Stadium.

It will also be working with major UK businesses including Network Rail and Northumbrian Water Group to help build the 5G economy.

5G connection will give people a “better and more reliable” connection in extra busy places, delay-free downloads and buffer-free streaming, the company said.

O2 said the new technology also has the “power to connect buildings, transport and services in ways we’ve never seen, completely revolutionising everything from the way traffic flows on our roads, to the way we receive health care”.

O2 offers four 5G-enabled phones, three from Samsung and one from Xiaomi.

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