O2 is now running its 3G network on the 900MHz spectrum in London, bringing 30 per cent faster 3G speeds to its customers.
Previously, Ofcom rules only allowed 2G (GSM) frequencies to run over the 900MHz spectrum. This has now changed and O2 is pumping its 3G through the 900MHz spectrum to its London customers.
Here’s O2’s official line:
“This… switch on is the latest in a series of network enhancements for O2, and is a first for the UK and Telefónica. We’ve acted quickly to bring the benefits of 3G over 900MHz spectrum to our customers and we’re thrilled with the results. Quite simply, on O2’s network, more customers can use more data, and experience it quicker,” Said Nigel Purdy, Chief Technology Officer, O2.
O2 has also been busy enabling 900MHz 3G in Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester as well. According to O2, this switch will usher in a 50 per cent increase in network capacity and 30 per cent faster downloads.
Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile are all expected to follow suit in the coming weeks and months.
Consequently, O2 does have a big benefit over Orange and T-Mobile. It’s 900MHz network is more easily enabled than Orange and T-Mobile’s 1800MHz spectrum.
In addition to this, not all handsets are designed to receive 900MHz so some won’t even be able to pick up the new frequency.