Vodafone hits 500,000 4G customer milestone


Operator achieves landmark six months after launching service; now available in 12 cities, 80 towns and districts in and around London and the south east and a further 115 UK towns

Vodafone now has half-a-million 4G customers, six months after it launched the service in the UK on August 29, 2013.

The operator’s 4G services are now available in 12 cities – Birmingham, Bradford, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

It can also be accessed in 115 towns and districts across the UK, including parts of Gateshead, Newbury, Rotherham, Slough, Solihull, Sunderland, Stockport, Sutton Coalfield, Walsall and West Bromwich.

Furthermore, it is available in more than 80 towns and districts in and around London and the South East. The network now covers 36 per cent of the UK population, with the company targeting indoor 4G coverage across 98 per cent of the UK population by 2015.

The rollout of 4G services is part of more than £900 million Vodafone is spending on its network across the country each year and is in addition to the £802 million it spent acquiring mobile spectrum in last year’s auction of new capacity by Ofcom.

EE launched 4G on October 30 2012 and on January 7 of this year announced it had amassed two million customers on that base ahead of its intended target by the end of Q1. It is now available in more than 160 towns and cities.

O2’s 4G service went live on the same day at Vodafone, available in 15 cities and more than 160 towns. However, the operator has so far declined to reveal 4G customer numbers.

Three was the last of the mobile operator to launch 4G when it went live with its services in December, initially launching in Birmingham, London, Manchester and Reading, targeting 50 cities by the end of this year and 98 per cent population coverage by the end of 2015. It is aiming to have eight million customers on a 4G tariff by the end of this quarter.