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Press Release | 13 Jan 2020

Vodafone kicks off new year with 5G in more than 100 places at home and abroad

Vodafone kicks off new year with 5G in more than 100 places at home and abroad
Vodafone now offers superfast 5G mobile connectivity in more than 100 places at home and abroad

 

  • 5G roaming opened to the Republic of Ireland – Vodafone remains the only UK company to offer 5G roaming.
  • Vodafone 5G goes live in Belfast, Edinburgh and Leeds.
  • 5G expands in Greater Manchester with the first 5G sites in Cheadle, Rochdale, and Stockport.
  • First UK company to support 5G multi-operator Radio Access Network (MORAN) technology.

Customers can now use Vodafone’s faster, more reliable and responsive 5G service at no extra cost in more than 100 places in the UK and other European countries. This is double the number of locations offered by Vodafone’s nearest competitor.

The latest arrivals include Belfast, Edinburgh and Leeds, plus the towns of Cheadle, Rochdale and Stockport in and around Greater Manchester. We also now offer 5G roaming in five locations in the Republic of Ireland. 5G roaming already covers Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK as part of Vodafone’s 5G roll-out.

In addition, Vodafone has also become the first UK company to successfully introduce 5G multi-operator radio access network (MORAN) technology. This enables providers to share the same mobile base station, helping to reduce energy usage and the number of masts needed.

5G in the UK

The expansion of Vodafone’s 5G network in Greater Manchester underlines its commitment to providing this key regional powerhouse with the latest digital connectivity based on a converged full-fibre and mobile infrastructure. MediaCity, Salford, is also the location of Vodafone’s first digital test bed and is now being used by more than 100 application developers and start-ups.

Belfast, Edinburgh and Leeds are also thriving technology cities with mobile data usage in each location growing by more than 90% over the last two years. The arrival of 5G meets future demand and means more customers can experience Wi-Fi-like speeds on the move with almost no buffering or time lag. For example, customers can use one of Vodafone’s entertainment services – Spotify Premium, Amazon Prime Video, Sky Sports Mobile TV or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass – at up to 10 times faster on 5G than with 4G.

5G Roaming

Vodafone UK customers travelling to the Republic of Ireland can now also enjoy 5G roaming in Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. Customers do not pay extra to use 5G abroad as it is included in their home plan. Vodafone already offers customers 4G roaming in 158 destinations – more than any other UK network – and allows them to use their home plan in 48 European destinations at no extra cost.

Vodafone UK Chief Executive Officer Nick Jeffery said: “We have started the new year as we mean to go on. We now offer 5G in double the number of places than our nearest rival and we have significantly boosted the capacity of our network. It is ready for the arrival in 2020 of some great new 5G handsets and the next big software release bringing ultra-low latency. Together, these will push 5G to the next level.”

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Note to Editors:

For more information about 5G, click through to 5G: Everything you need to know on the Vodafone UK News Centre.

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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

 

Vodafone UK Media Relations

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Twitter: @VodafoneUKNews

Website: https://newscentre.vodafone.co.uk

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