Virgin Media O2 rolls out a major upgrade in the UK
Virgin Media and O2 joined forces in June and the newly formed company is already making some major changes. With millions of us staying in the UK this summer, the company has started boosting its mobile signal in a range of popular destinations, which should mean a better, faster and more reliable connection.
Virgin Media O2 boasts that it has delivered a 4G network boost in 31,300 postcodes so far in 2021 and that’s not all, as it has also upgraded nearly 600 mobile sites on popular UK holiday hotspots such as Bognor Regis, Bath, Falmouth, Plymouth, Cambridge and Stirling. These upgrades have been made to meet that additional demand, as millions of Brits are expected to stay in the UK for their summer holidays this year.
In addition to that 4G boost, there’s also an improvement in the latest 5G signals with an upgrade that should mean more people can access these super-fast speeds. Virgin Media O2 says it has continued to roll out its 5G network, focusing on strengthening coverage in cities and introducing the next generation network at tourist hotspots such as Edinburgh Castle, Bournemouth Pier, Tynemouth King Edwards Bay and Llandudno West Shore.
Also benefiting from new outdoor 5G connectivity are a range of museums and galleries, including the V&A Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Natural History Museum, Mary Rose Museum, York Castle Museum and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
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If you didn’t already know, 5G is capable of sending internet to phones at speeds in excess of 300Mbps, which is about five times faster than the average UK fixed broadband speeds.
You need a 5G-enabled phone to access this network technology, but almost all new devices, including the latest iPhone 12, are now compatible.
Jeanie York, Chief Technology Officer at Virgin Media O2 said of the update: “After a year like no other, we know how important it is to stay connected, which is why we are committed to providing reliable connectivity to our customers across the UK – as evidenced by our £448 million investment in newly released spectrum – to increase capacity in our network and power the technology of the future, as well as lead the way in the Shared Nationwide Network.
“The numbers speak for themselves, with more than 31,300 zip codes receiving a 4G network upgrade this year, boosting hundreds of tourist hotspots and a real focus on improving our 5G experience where people need it most.”
Of course, it’s not just O2 that knows about people not hopping on planes in 2021. EE also recently announced a similar boost to ensure users get faster internet speeds during this year’s staycation boom.
EE says it has upgraded its 4G network in Blackpool, Bournemouth, Brighton, Dawlish, Gt Yarmouth, Isle of Sheppey, Maldon, Porthcawl and Rhyl with 16 more locations to get the boost later this summer.
Along with that 4G upgrade, EE is also enabling its next-generation 5G signal in several coastal towns and cities, including Ayr, Blackpool, Brighton, Paignton, Poole, Porthcawl, Southend-on-Sea, Swansea and Weston-Super-Mare
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