After being warned by OFCOM a while back about them not meeting the target for fulfilling the coverage requirements of its 3G licence, O2 has been slowly expanding their 3G coverage and now they have announced they're to build/upgrade up to 1,500 base station to boost their 3G coverage. Currently they only have 84% coverage, well below average to their competitors, i.e. Orange and Three.
O2 is to build or upgrade 1,500 base-station sites across the UK by the end of next year in order to boost its 3G coverage, the mobile operator said on Wednesday.
According to a statement from O2, the investment is intended to "build significant headroom for mobile data". The company will spend hundreds of millions of pounds on the rollout, it said.
An O2 spokeswoman told ZDNet UK on Wednesday that not all the sites would be entirely new — some will be existing 2G sites that are being upgraded to 3G. She could not, however, detail what proportion of the 1,500 sites involved in Wednesday's announcements would be entirely new mast sites for O2.
This is going to be an interesting times for O2 because with all of the fuss about the mobile mast being built next to houses or school, they may not be able to do the whole 1,500. They might get away with existing base station, i.e. swapping 2G to 3G, but they might have hard time with building a new one, unless it's in the middle of nowhere.
How are your O2's 3G coverage in your area? Are you getting good speed? Or nothing at all?
[Via: ZDNet UK]