Virgin Media O2 Unveils 5G Standalone Network Across 14 UK Cities

Virgin Media O2 has announced a significant leap forward in its mobile network capabilities with the activation of its 5G Standalone network in 14 cities across the United Kingdom.
Virgin Media O2 5G Standalone networkThis development marks a major milestone in connectivity for customers residing in these select locations, as they become the first to experience an extensive upgrade that promises broader 5G coverage, increased bandwidth, and reduced latency.

The implementation of this new network infrastructure, which is entirely separate from existing 4G frameworks, represents a substantial investment by Virgin Media O2. By leveraging radio infrastructure and a cloud-based core, the company aims to deliver heightened network reliability and expand its coverage footprint.

Accessible to consumers equipped with 5G Standalone-compatible SIM cards and devices, this enhanced network will seamlessly transition between 4G, 5G, and 5G Standalone connectivity, ensuring optimal performance across various usage scenarios.

Unlike previous iterations of 5G, which relied on elements of the 4G network, Virgin Media O2’s Standalone network promises to unlock a myriad of innovative applications, including autonomous transport solutions, remote healthcare services, and fully automated manufacturing processes. Furthermore, it enables network slicing, facilitating tailored services for augmented reality, gaming, and other business applications.

Moreover, the deployment of 5G Standalone technology aligns with Virgin Media O2’s commitment to sustainability, incorporating energy-efficient solutions to reduce its environmental footprint in accordance with the Better Connections Plan.

This announcement comes on the heels of a substantial investment in the company’s mobile network infrastructure, with 5G coverage now extending to over half of the UK population.

Jeanie York, Chief Technology Officer at Virgin Media O2, expressed enthusiasm for the launch, emphasizing its transformative potential for the company’s mobile network. Looking ahead, she outlined plans for continued expansion throughout 2024, with customers poised to reap immediate benefits in terms of reliability and coverage.

Kester Mann, Director of Consumer and Connectivity at CCS Insight, hailed the introduction of 5G Standalone as a pivotal moment for Virgin Media O2, unlocking new avenues for service offerings and positioning the company at the forefront of next-generation connectivity.