O2 to launch 5G at Emirates and Twickenham

Twickenham and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium are among the first UK locations where O2 will rollout 5G later this year.

The telecoms giant said it will switch on the super-fast service for its mobile customers in six towns and cities, including London, Leeds and Edinburgh, from October 2019.

O2 said it is targeting its 5G rollout in major transport hubs, including London Waterloo and Kings Cross, key business areas and entertainment and sports venues including The O2, rugby’s Twickenham Stadium and Arsenal’s Emirates. O2’s rivals EE and Vodafone launched limited 5G have already launched limited services in the UK

“O2’s intelligence-led rollout strategy has been driven by data and insight that identifies where customers will benefit from 5G the most,” the company said.

“The next-generation network will radically improve capacity and reliability in key locations, allowing customers to access super-fast speeds even during peak periods.”

O2 said 5G-ready phones will be available from August with tariffs offered from October. 5G will be available in 20 towns and cities by the end of 2019 and 50 by next summer.

Mark Evans, chief executive of O2 owner Telefónica UK, said: “5G is going to be a game changer for our country. Whether it’s for people or businesses, the power of this next-generation network is going to unlock a world of possibilities for our economy and society.

“As we switch on our network across the country, our intelligence-led roll-out prioritises the key areas in towns and cities first – the places where our customers need, and will use, 5G the most.

“We’re also giving our customers maximum flexibility with our industry-leading custom plans, letting people adopt 5G at a time that’s right for them.”

O2 said it will continue upgrade its 4G network across the country. Earlier this year, it announced it was upgrading its infrastructure at sports venues across the country such as Liverpool’s Anfield stadium and Lord’s cricket ground.