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Vodafone boosts 3G and 4G coverage across Leeds and Bradford

Tuesday, March 8th 2016 by Hannah Langston

Vodafone has made ‘major’ improvements to its mobile coverage and 3G and 4G internet services across Leeds and Bradford in West Yorkshire.

The mobile company has invested £2 billion over the last two years on bolstering indoor and outdoor coverage across the UK and rolling out high-definition voice technology on its 3G network.

This latest round of improvements will see 3G and 4G mobile coverage become available to more than 98% of the Leeds and Bradford population.

According to Vodafone, customers in Bradford are now collectively using, on average, over one and a half terabytes of data a day, whereas Leeds customers are now consuming a massive four terabytes of data per day.

Data traffic in both Leeds and Bradford has near doubled since this time last year. 4G accounts for 80% of total data usage in Leeds and usage is increasing month on month in Bradford, say Vodafone.

The company also announced today it has boosted coverage in Leicester, making 3G and 4G available to over 98% of residents. Customers are now collectively using over two and a half terabytes of data every day in the East Midlands city – the equivalent to browsing the internet for over 720,000 hours.

4G now in 795 UK locations

Vodafone 4G is currently available in 795 large cities, towns and districts, as well as thousands of the UK's smaller communities.

Meanwhile, its Rural Open Sure Signal (ROSS) programme is aiming to bring 3G coverage for the first time to 100 remote and rural communities across the country.

Last week, Vodafone announced the Yorkshire village of Bradfield had become the first community in the county to get 3G signal as part of its ROSS programme.

One of the UK’s oldest villages, Silchester in Hampshire, was upgraded to 3G as part of the scheme earlier this month.

Launched in July 2014, more than 40 ROSS communities are now live across the UK, from the Shetland Islands to the mountains of Snowdonia.

The ROSS programme uses ‘femtocell’ technology to bring 3G mobile access to places where networks can’t provide coverage through traditional means.

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