Telefónica UK, the parent company of O2, has signed a 10-year fibre backhaul deal with Virgin Media Business to support the growth in demand for mobile data services, ahead of O2’s launch of 4G contracts this summer.
Virgin Media Business will connect base stations to its fibre network via a high capacity Ethernet service, which Telefónica hopes will give its O2 customers faster access to mobile data.
Each one of the high speed links will deliver speeds of 1Gbps between cell site and their aggregation network.
"Over the past five years we’ve seen huge growth in demand for mobile data as the number of consumers using smartphones and tablets has increased,” said Adrian Di Meo, Chief Technology Officer, Telefonica UK.
“With our 4G network launching this summer, data growth will only continue to rise and this new fibre agreement with Virgin Media Business will give us the rock solid foundation we need and help us deliver a great network experience for our customers.”
Virgin Media Business also recently signed a £49 million fibre deal with BskyB to underpin the core of its network, again in a bid to help Sky deliver against increasing data demands.