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O2 Begins 4G Wireless Network Trials in UK Capital

UK mobile phone services provider O2 has started trialling its superfast 4G wireless network which will offer speeds of up to 150 Mbps.

According to the company, it is the largest public trial of the fourth generation wireless technology in the UK, taking place across 15 square miles in Canary Wharf, Soho, Westminster, South Bank and Kings Cross in the capital city, as reported (opens in new tab) by tech website, T3.

O2, which is the second largest mobile phone service provider in the UK, said the trial, which involves 25 network masts, will take place over a 9-month period. The wireless equipment used will be some of the first 4G equipment the company will install in the UK.

The company plans to ask about 1,000 people to take part in the trial including employees of the John Lewis department stores, existing O2 customers, and small businesses.

"There's no doubt that the mobile networks will have the capacity to support everything being connected," said Ronan Dunne, UK chief executive of O2.

"We will start the dialogue with businesses about what are the new use cases, putting onto mobile what we used to do on fixed line in the past," he added.