Vodafone announces upgrades to 3G and 4G network in Brighton
Vodafone has announced a multi-million pound investment in its network in Brighton, extending 3G and 4G coverage to more than 98% of the town.
The operator is investing £2bn in its nationwide network over two years.
The upgrade of sites across Brighton uses a 4G overlay system, which creates better indoor and outdoor coverage for voice and data, and makes sure that concentrated areas of customers have high capacity to cope with increased demand.
Improvements in the town over the last year have seen mobile data traffic rocket, with customers using an average of 1.5TB every day. Average data traffic per week is equal to browsing the internet for more than 350,000 hours.
Vodafone said data usage across Brighton peaked by 25% on the day of the Christmas lights switch-on, and also increasing during the Brighton Marathon and The Sussex Beer and Cider Festival.
According to the operator, more than 60% of the data traffic in the town is now 4G data, and 4G usage is more than eight times greater than this time last year.
Along with improvements in 4G, Vodafone said the strengthening of its 3G network had already provided greater coverage, High Definition (HD) Voice technology for voice calls, and faster mobile internet services to more consumers and businesses.
As part of its nationwide network improvements, Vodafone said it has expanded its ultrafast 4G coverage to 750 larger cities, towns and districts as well as thousands of smaller communities across the UK.
One of the latest boosts by the operator was in rural Wales, where staff and customers at two pubs are enjoying reliable mobile coverage for the first time as part of a Vodafone pilot scheme.
Signal-boosting units installed in the Blue Bell in Halkyn, Flintshire, and the Royal Oak in Rhandirmwyn, Carmarthenshire, give users access to 3G voice coverage and high-speed mobile internet.
The technology was installed as part of Vodafone’s Rural Community Pub programme, which is run in partnership with rural pubs organisation Pub is the Hub.
The Rural Community Pub pilot and Vodafone’s ‘femtocell’ schemes, such as its successful Rural Open Sure Signal (ROSS) programme, help bring reliable coverage to rural communities without the need for a traditional mast.
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