Vodafone to launch 4G in five cities on Saturday


Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield will go live on September 28, a day after O2 launches 4G in the same cities

Vodafone is to launch 4G in Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield on September 28.

The news comes on the same day as O2 announces its 4G roll out will go live in the same five cities tomorrow, September 27 (see here). The two operators signed a network sharing agreement in 2012 that also saw it begin its 4G roll out simultaneously on August 29.

EE launched 4G in 12 more towns today also, bringing its total to 117 (see here).

Vodafone has said its superfast service will launch in Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester by the end of October, and it is aiming for 98 per cent population coverage by 2015.

Customers who sign up by the end of October will also get Vodafone’s ‘4GBonus’, an extra 4GB of data per month for the length of their contract.

Vodafone UK chief executive Guy Laurence said: “We’re giving people in Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield a reason to get excited about ultrafast 4G: we’re bringing these cities closer to the action with Sky Sports and letting local residents stream 20 million tracks with Spotify.

“We’re also giving busy businesses in these cities a boost by helping them take their office with them when they’re out and about. Residents in Liverpool, Glasgow and Manchester can also look forward to Vodafone ultrafast 4G launching in their city by the end of next month. So, the question for people now is: which do you want – music or sport?”