O2 has improved has announced a multi-million pound investment in public spaces such as stadiums, shopping centres, hotels and conference centres.

The works is the result of a network collaboration between O2 and Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG).

Sports venues such as Liverpool’s 54,000 capacity Anfield Stadium and Lord’s cricket ground have already benefitted from the installation of new mobile infrastructure operated by WIG to improve coverage and capacity for customers.

Shoppers will also benefit, with shopping centres across the country upgraded to improve signal.

O2 reports that shoppers at the Trafford Centre in Manchester could see 50 per cent improvement in network performance.

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The investment comes as O2 gets its network 5G-ready in preparation ahead of launch later this year.

“While we look ahead to 5G we also continue to focus on our existing network capability. We strive to deliver a great network experience to all our customers, including some of the UK’s busiest locations where network demand is at its peak,” said Brendan O’Reilly, Chief Technology Officer at O2.

“Our multi-million pound investment with our partners at WIG should provide O2 customers with even better connectivity in the places they love to visit.”

Scott Coates, CEO of Wireless Infrastructure Group added: “WIG’s neutral-host infrastructure now enables mobile services in offices, shopping malls, hotels, stadiums and other public venues that total over one billion visitors a year."

Neutral host infrastructure can play a vital role enabling 5G and WIG looks forward to expanding our successful partnership with O2.”