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MWC 2019: Disruptive innovation

O2’s history is one of embracing new technologies and driving innovation. We launched the world’s first GPRS network as BT Cellnet in June 2000, introduced the first iPhones into the UK in 2007 and established O2 Wifi, the market-changing public Wi-Fi platform in the UK, in 2012.

Recently we have worked with Greenwich City Council on the Gateway autonomous vehicle trials, and we continue that exploration of tomorrow’s solutions within our Wayra incubators, bringing solutions to life with startups that cover everything from cyber security, customer and staff engagement to home automation solutions.

Read below for articles relating to O2’s approach to disruptive innovation and the lessons we’ve learned along the way.

Will light fuel the data and bandwidth of the future?

Imagine a world where every LED lightbulb could connect you to the internet. O2 is experimenting with Li-Fi and investigating how light might fuel tomorrow’s data-driven world

How O2 and IOCOM improving lives of stroke victims

In recent years, we have been working with IOCOM, one of the technology startups fostered by Wayra, the world-leading technology start-up accelerator programme. A genuine disruptor, IOCOM uses technology to improve the prospects for stroke victims within the NHS.

Innovation at speed: How Design Sprints can fast track your product development

Jez Sherwin, Experience Design Lead & Digital Creative Director for The O2 Lab, explains how successful businesses are using design sprints to develop new products and to find solutions to business challenges.

Disruptive tech: are platforms unsung heroes?

Neil Thompson, Sector Specialist at O2’s National Infrastructure Team, discusses disruptive mobile technology, the platforms that underpin mobile devices and O2 Gateway.

Business Innovation labs

Businesses are clearly seeing there’s value in creating innovation labs. They can be as simple as a team of people coming up with new ideas and ways of working. Andy Hodgson, Head of The Lab at O2, gives his tips.


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