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Vodafone brings 3G mobile signal to north Wales country park

Monday, July 13th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

A country park in north Wales has become the latest area to benefit from Vodafone’s multi-million pound investment in rural mobile coverage.

Loggerheads Country Park in Denbighshire, which previously suffered with unreliable signal and slow speeds, now has access to 3G thanks to Vodafone’s Rural Open Sure Signal (ROSS) programme.

The initiative uses ‘femtocell’ technology to bring 3G voice services and mobile internet to rural communities in not-spots – areas with little or no signal.

Vodafone launched the scheme in July 2014 and is planning to connect 100 communities across the country.

Local MP David Jones (Con - Clwyd West) said: “I’m delighted that Loggerheads has joined other communities across the UK in getting access to mobile internet services through Vodafone’s Rural Open Sure Signal Programme.

“The project is a great example of local people working together with businesses to bring the benefits of digital connectivity to their community.”

Hugh Evans, leader of Denbighshire County Council, said: ”The arrival of the Vodafone ROSS programme at Loggerheads is part of the Digital Denbighshire Plan, which works towards improving mobile phone reception across the county.

'Wonderful location'

“Due to its rural location and high visitor numbers, Loggerheads was identified as a key site that would benefit from a 3G signal, allowing visitors and on-site businesses to make clear voice calls, access emails and the internet.

“The arrival of the Vodafone ROSS programme will allow visitors to browse the web for further exciting places to visit in Denbighshire, to book accommodation for overnight stays, reserve trips, book local restaurants and access their personal and online social media accounts to share their experiences of this wonderful location.”

As well as using ROSS to plug rural not-spots, Vodafone is spending around £2bn on its network and services across the country over 2014 and 2015.

This includes the provision of HD voice technology on its 3G network and the extension of its 4G coverage to 582 cities and towns and thousands of smaller communities across the UK.

Jorge Fernandes, Vodafone UK’s chief technology officer, said: “Mobile connectivity is an essential service for areas like Loggerheads, however getting traditional coverage to this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty would prove very difficult.

“Reliable mobile phone coverage will make such a difference to Loggerheads. Not only from the people who work and live in the park but the thousands of visitors it receives each year.”

Picture courtesy of Jim Barton

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