Our 5G network is now live
5G offers the potential to transform businesses and sectors. It’s more than just pure connectivity. It has the potential to unlock new experiences and increase productivity around all the things that matter most, so you can transform your business and live life without wasting a moment.
With ultra-low latency, faster speeds and new capabilities, 5G is completely different to anything we’ve seen before. It has the potential to transform the way your business operates, the way you engage and empower your people, and the way you serve your customers.
From remote maintenance of equipment in the field, to accurate monitoring of your workforce and operations, ultra-low latency will enable real-time communication between IoT devices across your business.
With much higher speeds than 4G, 5G lets you do everything you can now, but faster.
Enhanced mobile broadband will improve communications between remote workers through seamless HD video conferencing—as well as introducing new possibilities such as 3D holographic calls and augmented, assisted or virtual reality to support, educate and inform your people in exciting new ways.
And with high-capacity connectivity even in the busiest areas, your people will benefit from fast and secure connections for document collaboration, high-speed downloads and more.
On top of ultra-low latency and faster speeds, 5G brings exciting new ways to engage your customers.
Its high-speed connectivity can enable you to create immersive experiences with Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)—whether it’s showing a customer what a sofa looks like in their living room, or even allowing them to try on an outfit from the comfort of their home.
5G is now live in areas of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough and Leeds. By the end of the year, we’ll be live in 20 towns and cities and rolling out to a total of 50 by summer 2020. Keep an eye on our coverage checker to see when you’ll get 5G in the places you work, live and play.
To make sure you get 5G where you need it most, we’ll be targeting transport hubs, key business areas and entertainment and sports venues, including The O2 and Twickenham Stadium. We’ll also be working with major UK businesses including Network Rail and Northumbrian Water Group to help build the 5G economy.
5G enables sensors in equipment and infrastructure to communicate their status in real-time, so any problems can be fixed fast. Saving time and costs.
5G delivers real time tracking and traceability of a product within a supply chain. IoT sensors attached to products (either inside or outside packaging) can provide more than just location data.
As 5G enables greater use of edge computing, businesses will be able to control robots and automated systems remotely from a central interface.
Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality experiences with 5G will transform the way we train people (onsite and remotely), share and resolve complex tasks, and activities like shopping and travel.
With low-power sensor networks, travellers will get fast and secure connectivity even in the busiest areas, such as train stations and airports.
From video consultations to real-time health monitoring, 5G will advance the concept of e-health, and potentially cut hospital re- admissions by 30% due the ease of access to services.
We've launched O2 5G in areas of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough and Leeds, and by the end of 2019 O2 5G will be live in areas of the following 20 towns and cities:
By summer 2020, we're aiming to rollout our network in an additional 30 towns and cities – reaching 50 in total. We’re currently busy planning our 5G rollout in the following:
You'll need a 5G phone, a 5G sim, a 5G tariff and be in a 5G coverage area – you’ll soon be able to use our coverage checker to see when you’ll get 5G in your area.
If you’re on an O2 Custom plan, you’ll be able to upgrade to a 5G phone when the time’s right for you. View our latest pay monthly tariff terms for more information.
We have a range of 5G phones available, including the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus 5G. Take a look at our business shop to see more. We have a number of tariffs suitable for business customers when they choose to upgrade to 5G.
5G is the next generation of mobile networks, providing faster download speeds and coverage when lots of people are using the network at the same time. 5G will improve the service you get with 4G, making it easier for you to stay connected when it matters most.
We’re excited about the benefits that our 5G network will bring for customer and business, but we understand there are some questions being asked about the impact on our health.
The WHO and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recommend that governments adopt the radio-frequency exposure limits developed by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
In the UK, the Government has adopted these exposure limits developed by ICNIRP and mobile network operators are required to operate within these guidelines.