Vodafone targets rural coverage boost

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Villages with poor coverage will get 3G thanks to femtocell technology

Vodafone has launched a national programme which will see up to one hundred rural villages that suffer from low coverage get access to improved 3G coverage.

Communities will have the opportunity to apply for the installation of Vodafone’s Open Sure Signal in areas with little or no signal, giving up to ten thousand people 3G access for the first time, Vodafone claim.

The network operator has already trialled Open Sure Signal, which relies on femtocell technology to boost signal, in 12 communities across the UK. The signal booster units use a broadband connection to deliver 3G signal in areas that struggle for signal.

Jeroen Hoencamp, Vodafone UK Chief Executive, said: “This is an opportunity for people to make a real difference to their community and to be part of our commitment to close the digital divide between rural and urban areas.

“Bringing mobile coverage and mobile internet to rural areas gives communities a real boost – both economically and socially. I’m looking forward to seeing the successful communities light up and start to experience the benefits mobile connectivity will bring to each and every community involved.”

Vodafone is planning to spend £1 billion on improving its network and services this year, including increasing the number of cities and towns covered by it’s 4G network to 259.

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