Author Archives: Derek McManus

O2's COO: Harnessing the transformative potential of 5G

Last week, I spoke at the ‘5G and Extended Reality Showcase’ event as part of London Tech Week. Some of the conversation was about the consumer benefits of 5G, which we have already heard lots about. High definition video downloaded in seconds rather than minutes, online gaming benefiting from super-low latency and the opening up of … more »

UK Cities Face a Digital Divide: 5G is the Answer

As we reach the end of an eventful week of politics, you could be forgiven for thinking that nothing else matters in Government at the moment. While clearly there is a big job to be done at the top of Government to ensure Britain can prosper in the coming years, I want to look at … more »

#WalkTheTalk for Gender diversity

This week, the #WalkTheTalk campaign launches supported by O2, encouraging men everywhere to actively engage in the gender equality debate. Ahead of its launch on The Drum’s Do It Day 2016 (10th November) Derek McManus, O2 COO and Diversity and Inclusion champion, discusses the importance of gender diversity for businesses of all sizes. Last month, the … more »

Building a network ready for the future

From this week O2’s 4G service will cover 6,000 towns across the UK, providing 87% coverage to the outdoor population. Launched just over two and a half years ago in August 2013, it is remarkable the speed at which O2’s 4G network is connecting more people, all as part of our £3bn network modernisation programme. … more »

2015: New Year, new digital resolutions

By Derek McManus, COO Telefónica UK From exploring the trends within enterprise technology, we can see that many organisations aren’t making the most of the solutions available to them. As it’s been often demonstrated, becoming a truly integrated digital organisation can deliver amazing real-world benefits – so why are many slow to react? Are organisations still … more »

We're all thirsty for mobile coverage

Derek McManus, Chief Operating Officer, shares O2’s plan to deliver the best network service for our customers. According to a report published in April 2014 from the WHO/Unicef monitoring program for the UK, it’s estimated that 98% of rural households have drinking water piped directly into their premises. For something that may be perceived as … more »

4G - it's happening, but what does it mean for business?

With the recent 4G spectrum auction along with our successful bid hitting the headlines, it’s an exciting time here at O2. But what does it all mean for businesses in the UK? Making Britain Digital There’s been talk of ‘Making Britain Digital’ for some time now, but it’s been slow to get off the ground. … more »

Rebuilding your trust in our leading network

Derek McManus, Chief Operating Officer, shares O2’s plan for its network, in order to rebuild the confidence of our customers   Following the network disruption that affected some customers last week (, I wanted to share our plan to improve the stability of our network and rebuild confidence in O2.   First, let me say … more »
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