Nov 5, 2020

O2 increases network capacity across 33,000 postcodes

Wireless Networks
Harry Menear
2 min
The UK-based telecom carrier has increased its network capacity and speeds throughout the greater London area
The UK-based telecom carrier has increased its network capacity and speeds throughout the greater London area...

UK-based telecom carrier O2 has announced a significant expansion of its network capacity and speed throughout the greater London area. 

As part of the Rebuild Britain initiative, O2 has increased its network coverage across a total of 33,109 postcodes throughout some of London’s most heavily-populated boroughs. 

In a statement released on Wednesday, O2 pointed to research done by independent firm Tutela, which showed that O2 customers across London had experienced network speeds across London during the month of September. 

The overhaul and upgrade, O2 states, was made in response to increased demand and strain placed upon its mobile network by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen huge number of people across the UK working remotely in response to ongoing lockdowns, the second of which began earlier this week. 

O2 notes that the neighbourhoods of Newham, Ealing, Barnet, Hounslow and Haringey have benefited most from these capacity upgrades. 

According to Tutela’s research, Newham experienced an average speed increase of 14.7%; Ealing 12.2%; Barnet, 7.5%; Hounslow, 7.4%; and Haringey increased by 7.2%. 

“Throughout this pandemic, connectivity has proved to be an essential lifeline for customers, businesses and communities alike. We continue to invest in delivering the best possible network for our customers where and when they need it most as we play our part in helping to Rebuild Britain,” commented Brendan O’Reilly, CTO of O2

O2 isn’t the only UK telecom company to have improved its network this year. At the end of October, Three UK announced plans to invest £2bn in the expansion and transformation of its own network across the UK, both improving its 4G LTE coverage - aiming to improve speeds by as much as 150% - and preparing the network for greater 5G adoption. According to a spokesperson from Three, 80% of its customer base will benefit from these improvements. 

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May 17, 2021

Legend: Mike Sievert - The Un-Carrier Approach to Innovation

2 min
From a distant third to a contender for the throne, T-Mobile’s rise can largely be traced back to the visionary strategic direction of Mike Sievert, the co

This is a time of sweeping, generational change for the telecommunications sector. Times like these call for bold disruptive leadership if enterprises expect to grow, evolve and capitalise on a future that’s more connected than ever before. 

For T-Mobile, that leadership comes in the form of Mike Sievert, the man behind the rise of the US’ most dynamic and disruptive mobile operator from a distant third to the country’s second-largest mobile network operator, and the fastest-growing company in the industry.

 “There is no doubt that we are the leading growth company in wireless.” - Mike Sievert, CEO, T-Mobile

Sievert made the step up from T-Mobile COO to the CEO role in May of last year, just a few months before the company’s wildly successful “un-carrier” approach and merger with Sprint, put it ahead of AT&T. 

Over the course of his eight year career at T-Mobile (he got his start at Procter & Gamble, before moving on to hold leadership roles at IBM and Clearwire) Sievert has been a relentless disruptor of the wireless industry status quo. Now, he’s leveraging the company’s merger with Sprint to carry the un-carrier forward into the 5G era. 

"We’re going to be able to offer Sprint and T-Mobile customers… the best value and the best network simultaneously. That’s unprecedented in this industry." - Mike Sievert, CEO, T-Mobile

T-Mobile’s 5G network is the largest 5G carrier in the US, with a low and mid-band-focused network that covers more than 280mn people - a fact which prompted AT&T and Verizon to throw down almost $69bn between them at the latest 5G spectrum auction in hopes of catching up. Sievert is in no way content to rest on those laurels, however. In an interview with CNBC last year, he made it clear that, “We intend to cover 99% of the country. Not just with low band 5G like standalone T-Mobile but with broad and rich 5G that’s transformational.”

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