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O2 4G Coverage and Network Summary

1st November 2016
O2 Network Coverage by population
4G 78% UK
3G 98% UK
2G 99% UK
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Updated: November, 2016

Introduction to O2 4G

O2 launched its 4G mobile network on 28th August, 2013 when its coverage was limited to London, Leeds and Bradford. It purchased the third largest amount of 4G frequency spectrum in the UK's 4G auction but only came away with one licence.

It now has over 70 percent population coverage and it’s the only operator with a regulatory requirement to reach 98 percent indoor population coverage by the end of 2017. According to OpenSignal, O2's customers can get a 4G signal 55.97% of the time.

O2 4G Network Overview

Types of 4G from O2:

  • Standard 4G - Typically 5 times faster than a standard 3G network

Network speeds and capabilities

Avg. 4G Download Speed 18.48 Mbit/sec
Avg. 4G Upload Speed 9.40 Mbit/sec

Network Frequency Bands

800MHz (4G)
900MHz (2G / 3G)
1800MHz (2G)
2100MHz (3G)

 4G from O2 uses the following network frequency:

  • 800 MHz (0.8 GHz)

Find out more about 4G frequencies in the UK here.

O2 4G Coverage

Check O2 coverage in your area here.

4G from O2 is now available in well over 6000 UK towns, cities and villages.

The major towns and cities include but are not limited to: Antrim, Bradford, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bridgend, Brighton, Burnley, Castleford, Coleraine, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Leigh, Liverpool, Livingston, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, London, Macclesfield, Newtownabbey, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Pontypool, Poole, Portsmouth, Reading, St Albans, Sittingbourne, Southampton and Tamworth.

Recent locations to get an O2 4G upgrade include: Crick, Burton upon StatherBarton-upon-Humber, BraemarWhitehead, Clehonger, Crewkerne, Ilminster, Swarland, Westruther and Winterbourne.

Roaming destinations

Pay Monthly O2 customers will be able to spend just £1.99 per day to use data in most of Europe. Available destinations include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Monaco, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Vatican, San Marino, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

However speeds are capped at 3G and calls and texts will still cost extra.

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