Vodafone plans 4G rollout in further five areas this summer


Operator claims new areas will bring its 4G coverage to almost one million people and more than 35,000 businesses

Vodafone has ramped up its 4G roll out plans by revealing that a further five major cities and towns will go live by the end of the summer.

Southampton, Portsmouth, Reading, Basingstoke and Bournemouth in the South of England will reveive the coverage, as Vodafone moves towards covering 98 per cent of the population by the end of 2015. It currently covers 233 large towns and cities across the UK and this will be extended further as part of a £1 billion upgrade of its network.

Vodafone had 637,000 4G customers at the end of March and almost half of those (48 per cent) were taking one of its content packages which offer Sky Sports Mobile or Spotify’s music service. Content packages are available for customers on its Red tariffs costing more than £26 per month.

From July, customers will also be able to choose TV streaming website Netflix after it signed a deal with Vodafone last month.

EE is the current market leader in 4G with 3.6 million customers taking its service which already covers 72 per cent of the country. 215 large towns and cities and 2,588 smaller towns have access to superfast mobile internet.

In April, O2 announced it had 233 towns and cities and covered 41 per cent of the UK’s outdoor population.

Three, which offers 4G contracts at no extra cost to 3G, launched 4G services in Birmingham, London, Manchester and Reading in December 2013. It said it would have coverage for around 1.5 million customers by the end of March 2014.