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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 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 June 2021, we have 5G in 364 locations across Europe – 124 in the UK and 240 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 24 UK towns and cities, rising to 34 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.

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

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