LONDON & SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--O2, the commercial brand for Telefónica UK (NYSE: TEF) (LSE: TDE) (http://o2.com/), and NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR) (www.netgear.com) have teamed up to launch the NETGEAR AirCard® 762S mobile hotspot as part of the O2 Mobile WiFi (Pop Up Office) offering for the new O2 4G network, the fastest growing 4G network in the UK (www.o2.co.uk/4g). This is the first dedicated mobile hotspot device available for business customers on the O2 4G network and the first European launch for the AirCard 762S under the NETGEAR brand.
O2’s Pop Up Office proposition allows small business to create their own portable 4G mobile hotspot instantly. The solution allows those with a variety of devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones) to hook up to a 4G connection when they’re out and about.
“The NETGEAR AirCard 762S is the first mobile hotspot we’re offering to our business customers, as it’s easy to set up and high performing,” said Paul Lawton, general manager of SMB at O2. “It makes up a crucial part of our ‘Pop Up Office’ proposition, as we believe that giving small businesses the opportunity to be connected at all times, particularly in non-fixed locations, will revolutionize the way some small businesses are able to work. They are no longer bound to the office, and can essentially pop up their business and be connected wherever they need to be.”
Next-generation office applications and services powered by 4G enable O2 business customers to be more collaborative, more efficient and more productive, as 4G networks provide faster data speeds (up to five times faster than 3G*) and a more seamless mobile experience. O2 switched on its 4G network in London, Leeds and Bradford on August 29th, with a rollout plan to have 4G available in a total of 13 cities by the end of the year.
IT managers and CIOs love the NETGEAR AirCard 762S Mobile Hotspot as it reduces the time and money required to test, deploy, and support mobile broadband. The AirCard 762S is a high performance 3G and 4G mobile hotspot device that supports up to 10 simultaneous Wi-Fi connections, providing ample support for small offices, telecommuters, or a work team carrying multiple connected devices into the field or on a road trip. In under a minute, laptops, tablets and digital cameras can connect on-the-go to the built-in 802.11n wireless access point, which offers up to six hours of battery life while in steady use. Supporting download speeds up to 100 Mbps** and upload speeds up to 50 Mbps**, the NETGEAR AirCard 762S enables a noticeably smoother experience with data-heavy applications such as cloud computing and HD video streaming.
“We are honored that O2 has selected the NETGEAR AirCard 762S as the first mobile hotspot for business customers of the new O2 4G service,” said Michael Clegg, senior vice president and general manager for Service Provider Business at NETGEAR. “We’re confident that it will make it faster and easier for mobile workers to connect and share the O2 4G connections, accelerating their productivity while minimizing the support needed from their IT managers for compatibility testing, installation and management.”
Setup of the NETGEAR AirCard 762S is accomplished in under a minute as there’s no software to install, and additional devices can be securely added with the push of a button. The LCD screen displays real-time information for monitoring the connected WiFi devices, battery life, network name, password, data usage, and more. The free NETGEAR AirCard App for iOS and Android™ tablets and smartphones also enables convenient and remote management.
Pricing and Availability
The NETGEAR AirCard 762S Mobile Hotspot is available now through all O2 channels. The monthly fee for the device is available free on 24-month contracts with data plans available starting at £14.17 a month.
Learn more about NETGEAR AirCard 762S Mobile Hotspot at: http://www.netgear.com/service-provider/products/mobile-broadband/mobile-hotspots/762S.aspx or http://businessshop.o2.co.uk/O2BusinessShopMobileDataLanding?md=MobileWifi. Find out more details on the free NETGEAR AirCard App for iOS and Android devices: http://www.netgear.com/service-provider/products/mobile-broadband/AirCard_App.aspx. For more information on O2 4G, please visit: www.o2.co.uk/4g.
O2 is the commercial brand of Telefónica UK Limited and is a leading digital communications company. With over 23 million customers, O2 runs 2G, 3G and 4G networks in the UK. As well as operating O2 Wifi and owning half of Tesco Mobile, O2 has over 450 retail stores and sponsors The O2, O2 Academy venues and the England rugby team. Read more about O2 at www.o2.co.uk/news.
Telefónica UK Limited is part of Telefónica Europe plc (a business division of Telefónica SA), which uses O2 as its commercial brand in the UK, Slovakia, Germany and the Czech Republic.
About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail-proven, mobile broadband solutions for their customers on the go. NETGEAR products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and Powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 45,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 40,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in over 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at twitter.com/NETGEAR and www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.
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*4G speed detail is based on Ofcom’s assessment, which can be found at: consumers.ofcom.org.uk/what-is-4g
**Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with any future standards.
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