O2 has finally announced it will launch its 4G LTE mobile network on 29 August.
The gas-powered mobile operator will switch on 4G in London Leeds and Bradford on 29 August reaching 5 million users. O2 said a total of 13 cities across the UK will have 4G up and running by the end of the year. See: What is 4G? A complete guide to 4G.
It will add Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry, Sheffield, Manchester and Edinburgh to the aforementioned three.
O2 has also confirmed that come the end of the month, new and existing customers will be able to sign up for a 4G tariff starting at £26 a month. Pay As You Go deals will be available 'in the coming months'.
The network is encouraging customers to get 4G –ready smartphones and SIM cards in advance of the launch. See also: What's the best 4G smartphone in the UK?
Ronan Dunne, CEO of O2 said: "It's great that I am able to announce O2 4G the day after the spectrum has been cleared for use. Digital connectivity will be made ubiquitous by 4G and become the oxygen of modern life. It is our intention to use 4G to inspire the nation through the possibilities of technology, encouraging people to live more, do more and be more with O2."
4G will provide users with up to five times faster speeds compared with current generation 3G networks. The firm said it will satisfy the ever growing amount of data usage which has more than double in the last year.
To celebrate the launch of its 4G network, O2 is putting on a gig at its Shepherd’s Bush Empire venue. The headline act is still to be confirmed but customers will be able to get tickets 48 hours before general release via O2 Priority.