The backhaul network will ensure that O2’s core mobile network is faster and less congested.
O2 has teamed up with Virgin media in a 10-year deal to boost mobile data ahead of its 4G launch later this summer.
Virgin Media, which carries 35% of all business broadband traffic in the UK, will prevent congestion and increase data speeds on O2’s 4G network by connecting base stations to its fibre network through a high capacity Ethernet service.
The company, which has secured mobile backhaul contracts with all four of the UK’s major mobile network operators, said the network will enable customers to take full advantage of bandwidth heavy services such as gaming apps and HD movie streaming thanks to its speed links of up to 1Gbps.
Adrian Di Meo, CTO at Telefonica UK, said: "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."
George Wareing, director of mobile and broadcast at Virgin Media Business, said: "This approach means we’re able to arm their networks with the extra capacity needed to make sure that customers don’t experience slow speeds because of data bottlenecks, and that they’re prepared for the future of 4G services and beyond."