O2 has signed a deal with telecoms giant BT to access a backhaul network for 4G services to help it meet the huge demand in mobile traffic that's expected in the coming years.
The 10-year deal will see BT provide a high-speed transmission Ethernet network to manage the traffic that O2 expects to be sent over its 4G networks that it wants to offload to fixed infrastructure. O2 said it expects its traffic to grow by 400 percent by 2016 as it prepares for the introduction of 4G services later this year in the 800MHz band.
“Through our partnership with BT, customers of O2 will be backed by a high-performance mobile internet network, which we believe will release the potential of 4G services and result in unrivalled mobile phone and internet browsing experiences,” said O2 chief technology officer Adrian Di Meo.
There were rumours last week that BT was to offer O2 access to its 2.6GHz holdings after the operators failed to secure anything beyond the 800MHz band in the auctions earlier this year, but this is yet to be confirmed.
To date, only EE has live 4G networks and now boasts over 300,000 customers as it pushes for one million by the end of 2013. Vodafone and O2 will launch their 4G services later this year.
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