O2 customers enjoy the fruits of £500m spectrum investment

Data speeds are now 80% faster in six of the UK's largest cities

O2 customers can now make use of much faster data speeds, thanks to the company's 500 million infrastructure investment, mobile monitoring company Tutela has revealed.

According to its tests on mobile networks and speeds customers can expect to obtain, those using O2's mobile network are now experiencing 80% faster data connections in London, Oxford, Nottingham, Leeds, Leicester and Coventry.

The telecoms business has spent half a billion pounds on getting its 2.3Ghz band up and running, significantly increasing speeds of those in areas with new cell towers to support the extra frequency. O2 plans to add more cities to its supercharged mobile data over time, hoping to have boosted connectivity in 1000 sites by the end of the year.

In all, Tutela's report revealed that O2 customers, plus customers of MVNOs using its network are now getting average speeds of 26.9Mbps compared to 14.7Mbps using its previous 4G infrastructure.

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"We have identified 650 different O2 cell tower sites which have activated this spectrum (with over 500 in London), which is an impressive rollout considering the new spectrum was purchased only in April this year," said Luke.

However, O2 is still ranked third out of the four major UK mobile networks, with EE offering speeds of up to 23.84Mbps and Vodafone 20.26Mbps. Three trails some way behind in fouth place with tops speeds of just 9.83Mbps on its 4G service.

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