back to article Virgin Media O2 offers plug-in 5G network in a box

Virgin Media O2's business arm has released a plug-and-play private 5G network product, meaning customers should be able to get a 5G service operating anywhere with power and an internet connection. Available now, the product comes in a portable enclosure and once plugged in, provides a site with a 5G Standalone private …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "a prototype Raspberry Pi-based private 5G network-in-a-box"

    Presumably that will be within carry-on limits. I'm sure there will be use cases where that's a deciding factor.

  2. ilithium

    I wonder what it actually looks like - i.e. is it branded with VM02 in a hideous way?

  3. Jason Bloomberg Silver badge

    Got the T-Shirt

    Sounds great but I hope it's more useful, usable and user configurable than the old 'O2 Home Cell" I have languishing in its packaging on the shelf.

    I am guessing it's only for business account customers.

    1. Captain Scarlet Silver badge

      Re: Got the T-Shirt

      We still have users who use them (O2 Boostbox), much better than having no service but O2 are binning them next year

      Odd British Sugar would use Virgin since they are an O2 customer hmm

      1. katrinab Silver badge

        Re: Got the T-Shirt

        Virgin now owns O2

        1. Captain Scarlet Silver badge

          Re: Got the T-Shirt

          Oh wait 100% correct, still have Telefonica on their emails and I completly forgot

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Got the T-Shirt

          "Virgin" don't own O2 - Liberty Global and Telefonica have a joint venture that owns VMO2. Presumably Liberty Global pay Virgin Group (Richard Branson) for the rights to use their name.

          1. Captain Scarlet Silver badge

            Re: Got the T-Shirt

            Or maybe this (I'll probably be wrong again)

  4. NeilPost Silver badge


    Best speak to the UK Next Gen Emergency Services Network people. They have money to literally burn.

  5. eanbarr

    Vodafone 5G in a box

    Vodafone also offer 5G in a box solution.

    A little late to the party O2 !

    1. Martin Summers Silver badge

      Re: Vodafone 5G in a box

      No they don't. Reading the article you have linked to states it is just a prototype and they don't know what to do with it just yet.

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