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O2 Activates 3G900 In London To Boost Download Speeds

UK wireless carrier O2 has activated a new 3G network across London which is capable of boosting network speeds by up to 30 per cent.

According to the company, it has become the first network provider to utilise the 900MHz spectrum that was freed-up by the recent changes in spectrum rules made by UK telecoms regulator Ofcom in January.

Before being released to mobile phone carriers, the 900 MHz was used in the 2G spectrum. The company reported that apart from London, the service had been switched on in Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester with more cities being added in a few months.

O2 chief technology officer Nigel Purdy said in a statement, “This 3G900 switch-on is the latest in a series of network enhancements. We've acted quickly to bring the benefits of 3G over 900MHz spectrum to our customers and we're thrilled with the results. Quite simply, on O2's network, more customers can use more data, and experience it quicker.”

The company said that the new 3G network will offer a 50 per cent increase in network capacity and a 30 per cent rise in download speeds. Only users with compatible smartphones like the iPhone 4, HTC HD7 and Samsung Galaxy S will be able to benefit from the increased speeds.