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O2 celebrates double whammy with 3G and Broadband coverage

Engineers at O2 must have worked extra hours after the Telefonica-owned company hit two important targets just as the financial year came to a close.

Ofcom, the telecoms regulator, reported that O2 UK had complied with its 3G license conditions which stipulated that the operator should provide coverage for at least 80 percent of the UK population.

Ofcom had issued a warning to O2 earlier this year, threatening to fine it if it failed to meet the requirements by the end of next month.

O2 is the last of the five 3G license holders to reach this goal and failure to do so could have cost O2 around £40 million.

In related news, O2 has also announced that it has increased its fixed-line broadband range and will roll out its ADSL2+ service nationwide thanks to a deal brokered with BT's wholesale network.

O2 will also release a business broadband service which will offer speeds of up to 20mbps with unlimited usage as well as a free wireless router.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.