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Press Release | 08 Jun 2018

Vodafone’s network improvements bring faster and more reliable services to Cardiff

Vodafone’s network improvements bring faster and more reliable services to Cardiff

Faster 4G mobile data connectivity and improved voice coverage are now available in more places across Cardiff than ever before, thanks to a significant investment by Vodafone in its Welsh network.

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Vodafone’s network improvements in Cardiff

Faster 4G mobile data connectivity and improved voice coverage are now available in more places across Cardiff than ever before, thanks to a significant investment by Vodafone in its Welsh network.

As part of the digital upgrade, Vodafone’s 4G coverage is now available to over 99% of the city’s population*, and our network is carrying more data traffic, including music streaming, videos, social media posts and internet browsing than ever before.

We are also increasing network capacity around key locations and sporting venues to ensure customers are always connected, even during busy events. For example, a temporary Vodafone mobile coverage trailer is being installed within Cardiff Bay to support the Volvo Ocean Race Cardiff stopover which arrived this week. One of the on-water safety boats will also have one of Vodafone’s latest IoT technology devices** to send back location-based information to visitors to our stand in the Cardiff Race Village.

As part of our overall network improvements in Cardiff, a dedicated coverage and capacity solution has been installed within areas of the St David’s Shopping Centre. Over 5,000 metres of cabling and more than 100 concealed router boxes and antennae have been installed to date, ensuring visitors to one of Wales’ busiest shopping centres are able to keep in touch. Further improvements are planned for the rest of the centre later in the year.

Vodafone UK’s Chief Technology Officer Scott Petty said: “Mobile connectivity plays a vital role in supporting the local economy and keeping communities in touch across Cardiff. We have already invested significantly in our Welsh network and we are not stopping there. We will continue to work with communities, the Welsh government and local politicians to identify new sites so that our customers can enjoy our most reliable network in Wales.”

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Notes to editors:

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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