Virgin Media Business: O2 delivers 100th site in UK via helicopter

Feb 17, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

UK telco Virgin Media O2 has achieved a new milestone after delivering its 100th site as part of the Shared Rural Network (SRN) program via helicopter to the Isle of Skye. The Shared rural Network is aimed at supporting some of the UK's most remote areas and is supported by the mobile industry and government to increase all operators’ 4G coverage to 90 percent of UK landmass and their aggregate coverage to 95 percent by 2027.

“This investment is vital to ensure we provide fast and reliable coverage to all areas of the UK. With so much of our modern life taking place online, rural communities deserve the same standard of mobile connectivity as those in urban areas, and we’re proud to be stepping up and playing our part," said Jeanie York, CTO at Virgin Media O2.

“The 100 sites we have delivered will mean that more residents, businesses, and visitors in rural areas can benefit from better mobile coverage, with more locations to follow in the coming months. This work is vital in tackling the urban-rural digital divide that exists in the UK.”