Press Release | 11 Apr 2022

Vodafone 5G network live in 12 more UK locations

Vodafone 5G network live in 12 more UK locations

With more people than ever working away from their office, 5G provides invaluable flexibility.

Vodafone has switched on its 5G network in 12 further locations across the UK, giving consumers, businesses and their employees faster mobile data and more reliable mobile coverage.

The Vodafone 5G network is now available for residents up and down the country – from Watford to Wigan, South Lackenby to South Wales, and beyond. With its much higher download and upload speeds and superfast connection times, customers using Vodafone 5G can load web pages in the blink of the eye or stream movies without buffering.

Vodafone 5G will play a large part in the future of the UK’s economy and businesses. With more people than ever working away from their office, 5G provides invaluable flexibility, so that opening large documents becomes faster and participating in video conference calls can take place without disruption – no matter where you’re working.

3G switch-off: Do you know if you'll be affected?

In 2023 Vodafone is retiring 3G in the UK, so it’s time to check your phone – and to check-in on your relatives and neighbours – to see if and how you’ll be affected by the switch-off.

Meanwhile, 5G also opens the doors to smart wireless factories for British manufacturing businesses. By using private 5G networks, they can dramatically improve efficiency. In the future, the faster response times of 5G will potentially enable smart car parking, remote health services and even enable ambulances to communicate with community infrastructure, such as traffic lights. This means homes, businesses, transport links and healthcare will all be able to operate in a greener, safer and smarter way.

The activity is part of a Vodafone network modernisation programme to improve the 4G and 5G experience for all its customers. This programme will see Vodafone retiring its 3G network in 2023 and replacing coverage with strengthened 4G and 5G services, so customers across more parts of the country can access more reliable connectivity through the Vodafone network.

Andrea Dona, Vodafone’s Chief Network Officer in the UK, said: “The arrival of 5G gives our customers some of the fastest mobile data speeds in the UK, and a mobile network they can rely on. It will open-up all sorts of possibilities for our consumer customers, as well as local businesses and their employees, supporting the local economy and helping to deliver a greener, more prosperous and digitally connected region.

“We’re investing in our network across the UK and look forward to seeing how that investment will benefit local people and businesses.”

5G: Everything you need to know

Lots of questions about 5G? Our regularly updated handy guide has all the answers.

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Notes to editors

Locations benefitting from Vodafone 5G now include:

  1. Coventry
  2. Dursley
  3. Golborne
  4. Keynsham
  5. Llantwit Major
  6. Lydney
  7. Redditch
  8. Rickmansworth
  9. South Lackenby
  10. Thornbury
  11. Watford
  12. Wigan

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About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK is a technology communications company that connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed-line connections, home and office broadband, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

We have a strong track record as a tech pioneer, making the UK’s first mobile phone call, sending the first text message, and making the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G in 2018. We were also the first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. As of March 2022, we have 5G in 380 locations across Europe – 141 in the UK and 239 across Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland. Our 4G network coverage currently reaches over 99% of the UK population.

Today, Vodafone serves more than 18 million mobile and fixed-line customers in the UK. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 26 UK towns and cities, rising to 35 over the coming months, through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach. By spring 2022, our target is to make full fibre services available to more than eight million homes across the UK.

Sustainability is also at the heart of what we do: as of 1 July 2021, 100% of the grid electricity we use in the UK is certified to be from renewable sources.

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