Press Release | 07 Nov 2016



Independent network analysis reveals strongest-ever Vodafone UK network performance

One of the world’s leading independent mobile network testing companies, P3, has reported the best network performance by Vodafone UK in the last 30 years. In their annual survey of all UK mobile operators, P3 found that Vodafone UK delivered:

  • the best performance for voice calls across the country;
  • the best voice and data network in London, for the second year in a row; and
  • UK-wide data network performance on a par with Vodafone’s leading competitor.

Vodafone UK’s network leadership follows a £2 billion investment programme in its network and services since 2014 – the largest in the company’s history. Vodafone UK has upgraded or installed more than 5,000 4G-enabled mobile sites over the last year alone to bring world-class 4G outdoor coverage to 95% of the UK population.  In a sign of its confidence in the strength of its network, Vodafone recently introduced a Network Satisfaction Guarantee giving new and upgrading customers a 30 day trial to experience for themselves the quality of the network before they fully commit to Vodafone.

The company plans to invest a further £2 billion in its network and services over the next three years, including accelerating the expansion and upgrading of its network with the addition of around 400 new base stations every month. Enhancing rural coverage will be a key priority in that ongoing investment programme, especially in more remote “not-spot” locations with limited or no access to mobile services. Vodafone is already leading the industry in developing innovative approaches to the challenge of poor coverage in rural areas. The company’s Rural Open Sure Signal programme has brought 3G coverage to 84 rural communities across the UK over the last two years; Vodafone now plans to build on that success with its new Community Indoor Sure Signal initiative*.

P3 has compiled more than 60,000 measurement hours in 47 countries during 2015. The company has conducted independent network benchmark testing for almost 15 years and is widely considered to be a global leader in its field. In a similar UK survey conducted by P3 in 2014, Vodafone UK was placed in fourth place.

Vodafone UK Chief Executive Nick Jeffery said: “We’re building the UK’s strongest network designed, site by site, to meet all of our customers’ needs, wherever they are. These results are a welcome validation that our massive investment programme is making a real difference for our customers.”


Note to Editors


  1.  For the full P3 report visit
  2.  For further details of the Rural Open Sure Signal programme and new Community Indoor Sure Signal initiative, see


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.

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