Pontypridd is 500th community to get Vodafone 4G mobile coverage
The Welsh town of Pontypridd has become the 500th community to get Vodafone’s 4G coverage, the operator has announced.
The arrival of 4G in Pontypridd comes less than three months after Bridgend became the 400th town to receive the high-speed mobile network.
It is is part of Vodafone’s £1bn investment programme across the UK, and means that 4G customers in the town will be able to take advantage of faster and more reliable internet.
The announcement comes after the network said that it plans to bring 3G and 4G coverage to more than 94% of the Welsh population.
Vodafone's plans also include strengthening existing mobile services across the town, bringing stronger indoor and outdoor coverage and mobile internet access to more people and businesses.
Jorge Fernandes, chief technology officer for Vodafone UK, said: “Our network improvements across Pontypridd will ensure users enjoy stronger 3G coverage, whilst the arrival of 4G will also help local businesses react faster to the needs of their customers.
“We also know that 70% of our customers use their mobile devices most in the home or the office, which is why our investment is particularly focused to improving indoor coverage.”
As well as its network improvements, Vodafone is also rolling out its Rural Open Sure Signal (ROSS) programme, aiming to provide 100 remote communities across the UK with 3G coverage for the first time.
Vodafone has already installed the ground-breaking technology to provide 3G coverage in the rural community of Pendine in Carmarthenshire.
Dr Rob Matthews, senior community manager at the operator, previously told Cable.co.uk that the operator is working hard to enable people to be “constantly connected wherever they are”.
He said innovations like ROSS were offering coverage in rural locations where people would not have expected to get it in the past.
Communities in Wales benefiting from ROSS include Loggersheads Country Park and Brynesglwys in Denbighshire, Moylegrove in Pembrokeshire, and Corris in Gwynedd.
Vodafone previously announced that it will launch two new technologies this summer to boost mobile coverage for its customers.
The rollouts of wi-fi calling and Voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) are part of £1 billion Vodafone is currently spending on its network and services across the UK.
Wi-fi calling gives the user a voice signal without the need to go through an app by using existing wi-fi services, while VoLTE carries voice calls over 4G instead of using 2G or 3G as they do today.
The UK’s four mobile network operators are obliged to invest a total of £5bn to improve mobile coverage as part of an agreement with the government.
Vodafone, Three, EE and O2 have until the end of 2017 to provide voice and text coverage across 90% of the UK’s landmass.
Earlier this week, Cable.co.uk reported how Vodafone networks manager John McCracken said that out-of-date planning laws and the lack of a BT fibre network in rural areas is holding up the building of mobile networks.
Writing in a blog post on the company’s website, Mr McCracken said building mobile networks takes longer in the UK that it should.
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