Vodafone boosts 3G and 4G mobile coverage in Bournemouth
Vodafone has announced a multi-million pound investment in its network in Bournemouth, extending its 3G and 4G coverage to more than 98% of the town.
The network upgrade is bringing stronger indoor and outdoor coverage in Bournemouth, as well as mobile internet services.
It is part of Vodafone’s £2bn nationwide investment in its network across last year and this year.
So far, the company has upgraded around 70% of its sites across the town.
The improvements involve a ‘4G overlay system’, which creates better indoor and outdoor coverage for both voice and data, while making sure that concentrated areas of customers have the highest possible network capacity to cope with increased demand.
Vodafone said that thanks to network improvements already made over the past year, mobile data traffic in Bournemouth has rocketed.
The average data traffic a week in the coastal town is equal to browsing the internet for 250,000 hours, and customers in Bournemouth on average are using just under a terabyte of data every day.
Data usage usually peaks during football games and increased by around 10% for the general election results.
Vodafone said a month-on-month increase in 4G data usage shows its investment in its network is already benefiting customers in Bournemouth, while the recent strengthening of its 3G network has already provided greater coverage, High Definition (HD) Voice technology for voice calls and faster mobile internet services.
Earlier this year, Vodafone announced the launch of new technologies to boost mobile coverage for its customers.
Wi-fi calling gives the user a voice signal without the need to go through an app by using existing wi-fi services, so is particularly suited to people in areas where network coverage is limited or it is difficult to get an indoor signal.
Vodafone is also launching Voice over LTE (VoLTE) – a technology that carries voice calls over 4G instead of using 2G or 3G as they do today.
The company has also rolled out HD-quality voice calls, a service that activates automatically in areas covered by its 3G network, as well as carrier aggregation – also known as LTE Advanced or 4G+ – a technology that gives customers faster data speeds and boosts indoor coverage.
The UK’s four mobile network operators have agreed to invest a total of £5bn to improve mobile coverage as part 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.
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