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Press Release | 05 Mar 2018

Bristol airport and the city get latest Vodafone 4G technology

Bristol airport and the city get latest Vodafone 4G technology

Bristol Airport, as part of its drive to create a leading regional Airport as well as stimulate employment and economic growth, has turned to Vodafone UK to install the most reliable mobile network ever.

Bristol Airport, as part of its drive to create a leading regional Airport as well as stimulate employment and economic growth, has turned to Vodafone UK to install the most reliable mobile network ever, including faster 4G speeds and more reliable voice coverage throughout the complex.

Under the new agreement, Vodafone will upgrade and expand its network across the Airport over the next few months to ensure the Vodafone customers who make up the eight million travellers who use the airport each year receive fast mobile connections in departures, arrivals and on all transport links. Around 3,000 people who work at Bristol Airport will also benefit from the improved communications.

Tom Marks, Head of Vodafone UK’s South West region, said: “Bristol Airport connects to over 120 direct destinations and we are delighted to be able to provide the world-class mobile connectivity it needs to support the economy of Bristol and the surrounding area. And our network improvements don’t stop at the airport. Whether its sightseeing at the local docks, visiting the Bedminster art scene or studying at Bristol University, we will continue to invest to offer our customers a great mobile experience indoor and out, throughout the South West region.”

Sarah Trewella, Head of IT at Bristol Airport said: “By working with Vodafone we will be able to provide our passengers with much better coverage for both voice and data services across the whole Airport.  Our staff will also have access to much more reliable communications, improving efficiencies and enabling us to utilise more effective communication tools.”

This Bristol Airport upgrade plan forms part of Vodafone’s multi-million pound investment programme in the South West region which has already resulted in 4G being made available to around 99% of Bristol*.  Local residents and businesses are now using their mobile devices more than before to access the internet, send and receive emails and stream videos, with 4G mobile data traffic increasing by around 78% compared to this time last year.

Vodafone is also laying the foundations for 5G – the next generation mobile network expected to arrive over the next couple of years to coincide with compatible smartphones and devices.  Using a 5G-like network technology called Massive MIMO located just outside Bristol Temple Meads railway station, Vodafone is able to boost capacity and speeds in an area where lots of people connect to the network at the same time. The company expects to roll out this service to additional sites, including busy transport hubs, in the area throughout 2018.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

  • Both by geographic and population
  • Our most reliable network ever: We’re constantly increasing our population/geographical coverage (including indoor & heavily built up areas) & network availability. Coverage may vary. For full verification see vodafone.co.uk/network
  • In November, Vodafone UK was voted UK’s Best Network at the Trusted Review Awards 2017. For more information visit https://newscentre.vodafone.co.uk/blog/trusted-reviews-awards-best-mobile-network-2017/

About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK 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).

Having made the UK’s first mobile phone call and sent the first text message, Vodafone has a history as a tech pioneer. In 2018 we made the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G, and were first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. We now have 5G in more places than anyone else, with multiple locations now live across the UK and the rest of Europe.

Today we serve more than 18 million mobile and fixed line customers in the UK, with 4G network coverage at 99%.  Our customers voted us the UK’s Best Mobile Network at the 2018 Trusted Reviews Awards – for the second year in a row. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 15 UK towns and cities through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach.

Connectivity is at the heart of what we do as it gives us a huge opportunity for good. We are using our network, products, talents and technology to help society prosper and respond to significant social and environmental issues.  Our free Digital Parenting magazine is helping families and schools across the UK to navigate the online world safely. Meanwhile, the Vodafone Foundation’s work with researchers at Imperial College is developing personalised cancer treatment using the processing power of smartphones.

We are part of Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest technology communications companies, with mobile operations in 26 countries, partnerships with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 19 markets.  As of 30 September 2019, Vodafone Group had approximately 625 million mobile customers, 27 million fixed broadband customers, and 22 million TV customers – including all of the customers in Vodafone’s joint ventures and associates.

For more information about Vodafone UK, please visit: www.vodafone.co.uk

 

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