O2 switchover boosts speed

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Mobile phone group O2 has kept its promise to increase capacity and download speeds in Sheffield.

Earlier this year, in an interview with Star Business, chief executive Ronan Dunne revealed data traffic on the Sheffield network has trebled in the last 12 months and showed no sign of slowing down, while new mobile applications were set to fuel demand.

Mr Dunne revealed that the company was planning to invest more than £11 million in the network to keep ahead of the dramatic increase in data and internet traffic and was planning to use the 900MHz spectrum of frequencies previously used exclusively for 2G voice services for 3G data services.

O2 this week announced that it has now made the switch over, boosting the data carrying capacity of its Sheffield network by 50 per cent and increasing download speeds by 30 per cent in the city.