Vodafone to become world’s largest 4G roaming network

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Consumers will be able to roam across 4G using smartphones and tablets in 18 countries from this summer

Vodafone has claimed it will become the world’s largest 4G roaming network when it enables the service in 18 countries from summer 2014, costing no more than existing 3G roaming services.

The operator currently offers 4G roaming on its own networks in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain. By this summer, it will launch 4G roaming in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK.

In addition, Vodafone customers will be able to use 4G networks of other telecoms companies in Austria, Belgium, France, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Switzerland.

The company said that it has fast-tracked its 4G roaming plans under its ‘Project Spring’ investment programme that will see it invest £7 billion in its networks and services by March 2016. It added this was to ensure that key holiday destinations are covered with 4G roaming in time for the summer break.

Vodafone Group chief commercial and operations officer Paolo Bertoluzzo (pictured) said: “Much faster, simpler to use and often less expensive than typical, hotel wi-fi connections anywhere in Europe, 4G roaming will give our customers high-speed connections for video, music streaming, web surfing, working and much more anywhere, from the airport to the cafe.”

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