O2 to launch 5G network in UK in October


O2 has announced it plans to turn on its 5G mobile network in October.

It intends to launch the next-generation service in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough, and Leeds and then expand to a total of 50 towns and cities by summer 2020.

It will be the last of the UK’s network coverage providers to roll out 5G.

However, it will be the only one to do so without using equipment from the embattled Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei.

O2 is owned by Spain’s Telefonica, which has used Huawei’s infrastructure in some of its other networks.

Moreover, O2 trialed some of Huawei’s 5G radio access network gear at cell towers in the UK before deciding to opt for rival products from two vendors it had already used to deliver 4G.

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