Vodafone switches on 4G in its 500th community


Pontypridd in Wales becomes 500th place less than three months after turning on 400th town in Bridgend

Vodafone has announced that it has now switched on 4G in 500 towns after launching the service in Pontypridd in Wales.

Last month, the UK’s third largest operator announced plans to bring 3G and 4G coverage to more than 94 per cent of the population.

In February, Bridgend became the 400th town to be connected to Vodafone’s 4G  services, which it first launched in August 2013.

The rollout is part of a £1 billion investment Vodafone is making in its network this year. The operator said its faster connection is currently available in 65 per cent of UK premises.

Vodafone UK chief technology officer Jorge Fernandes said: “Our network improvements across Pontypridd will ensure users enjoy stronger 3G coverage, whilst the arrival of 4G will also help local businesses react faster to the needs of their customers.

“We also know that 70% of our customers use their mobile devices most in the home or the office, which is why our investment is particularly focused to improving indoor coverage.”