BT has signed a new ten year deal with Telefonica UK to support the introduction of 4G services for millions of O2 mobile customers.
Under the terms of the deal, BT will build a new high capacity transmission network to help O2 stay ahead of the continued explosion in mobile data traffic as a result of mobile users accessing mobile internet applications via their smartphone or tablet device. The roll out of 4G services across the UK is expected to place even greater pressure on mobile networks. The new managed network solution from BT Wholesale will provide O2 with the network capacity required to support the increasing demands of customers choosing its planned 4G services.
BT will also provide O2 with a sizeable increase in backhaul capacity by delivering the high speed mobile backhaul links between its mobile base stations and the new transmission network. Furthermore, the new transmission network will help O2 migrate from legacy TDM to Ethernet based IP services, helping O2 deliver a host of new applications to its customers whilst reducing its overall transmission costs.
Adrian Di Meo, Chief Technology Officer, O2 UK, said: “With the UK’s 4G spectrum auction complete, UK mobile data traffic is set to grow by more than 400 per cent by 2016 1. This is a huge opportunity for us, as well as a technical challenge. But through our partnership with BT Wholesale, customers of O2 will be backed by a high-performance mobile internet network which we believe will release the potential of 4G services and result in unrivalled mobile phone and internet browsing experiences.”
Chet Patel, Managing Director, BT Wholesale Markets, said: “Our network solution will help O2 to deliver a next generation mobile experience to their customers to fully exploit the exciting possibilities of 4G technologies. We are moving quickly to get O2 up and running.”
1 Source: IHS report, January 2013