News | Published October 21 2019

O’Hagan discusses the future of 5G

Founder of digital service provider Virtual1, the fifth-largest UK network, Tom O’Hagan, has discussed the future of the telecoms industry in The Parliamentary Review’s podcast.

O’Hagan told host Jonathan White that he is “really excited about the opportunity that it brings," and predicted that "ultimately everything is going to have to move to fibre and away from that copper infrastructure”.

He continued that “we are now investing heavily” in 5G, noting that other providers have been “trying to sweat the copper asset for far too long”.

Virtual1’s director applauded those who are “accelerating forward their plans", particularly praising "fibre cities that are starting to go out and build”. He recognised that “Virtual1 is piggybacking off the back of that”.

O’Hagan told White that he is “really excited" about the possibilities this will bring about. 

His comments come at a time when O2 has announced plans to launch 5G in six major cities, including Leeds and London.

Mark Evans, the CEO of Telefónica states that "We’re launching with a range of tariffs that make it easy and fair for customers to access 5G, with flexible plans that cost no more than 4G.”

"We’re also switching on 5G in important parts of towns and cities first, places where it will benefit customers and businesses most.”

“I believe 5G is going to revolutionise the way people and businesses use mobile connectivity, unlocking huge possibilities for our economy and society."

The network is to be provided in the places the provider believes it is most needed and earlier this year, Hull became the first city to go fully 5G in the UK

Despite its predicted success, 5G will be forced to compete with other technology advances, including Wi-Fi and Zigbee.

You can listen to O’Hagan’s Parliamentary Review podcast here.

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
October 21 2019

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