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Vodafone 3G and 4G mobile coverage to reach 94% of Welsh population

Monday, March 23rd 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

More than 94% of the Welsh population will have 3G and 4G coverage on Vodafone thanks to its investment in its mobile network.

The operator is continuing its rollout of 4G in Wales to cover Caerphilly, Cardiff, Connah’s Quay, Llanelli, Newport and Penarth.

The rollout will strengthen mobile phone services across Wales, bringing stronger indoor and outdoor network coverage and mobile internet access to more communities and businesses.

In addition, Vodafone has announced that Loggersheads Country Park and Brynesglwys in Denbighshire, Moylegrove in Pembrokeshire, and Corris in Gwynedd, are among 100 communities from across the UK shortlisted to receive 3G coverage under the Rural Open Sure Signal programme.

Working with the local community, Welsh government and local politicians, Vodafone has already installed the ground-breaking technology to provide 3G coverage in the rural community of Pendine in Carmarthenshire.

Welsh Economy Minister Edwina Hart said: “Connectivity is a key priority for the Welsh government and the news that Vodafone is investing in Wales with its network and services is very welcome.

“The rollout of Vodafone’s 4G will mean fast internet speeds which will benefit residents, businesses and visitors alike.

“I also warmly welcome the improvements in connectivity that the local communities shortlisted for the Rural Open Sure Signal programme will see.”

Vodafone’s network investment across Wales is part of the £1 billion it is spending across its network and services across the UK.

'Share data faster than ever'

Jorge Fernandes, chief technical officer for Vodafone UK, said: “Our network improvements across Wales will ensure more people and businesses have the opportunity to thrive in today’s digital world.

"The launch of 4G will give them the opportunity to access and share data faster than ever before.

“However, this is only the start as we continue to invest in our network and services across the country.”

Vodafone 4G is now live or being rolled out in 233 large towns and cities across the UK, as well as a number of smaller communities.

Along with O2, Three and EE, the company is legally obliged to provide voice and text coverage across 90% of the UK by the end of 2017.

An agreement with the government announced in December saw the four mobile network operators agree to invest £5bn to improve mobile coverage.

EE has said its £1.5bn investment will include the rollout of a 4G+ network with four times the capacity of standard 4G, delivering speeds up to 150Mbps.

Around £500m will be spent on improving rural coverage, with more than 1,500 isolated communities being connected by ‘micro network technology’ – small masts attached to the sides of buildings.

Last week, Cable.co.uk told how Vodafone was planning to launch two new technologies this summer to boost mobile coverage.

Wi-fi calling gives the user a voice signal, without the need to go through an app, by using existing wi-fi services and is particularly suited to areas where network coverage is limited or where it is difficult to get an indoor signal.

Voice over LTE (VoLTE) carries voice calls over 4G instead of using 2G or 3G as they do today.

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