Press Release | 30 Mar 2017

Vodafone hosts Northern Powerhouse Spring Summit

Vodafone hosts Northern Powerhouse Spring Summit

Vodafone UK is bringing together representatives from industry, Government and local services committed to promoting development across the region.

Vodafone UK is proud to be hosting the Government’s first Spring Summit for the Northern Powerhouse Partners, bringing together representatives from industry, Government and local services committed to promoting development across the region. The Summit is being held today at Vodafone’s regional HQ at Atlas House, Wythenshawe in Manchester.

Rob Mukherjee, Director of Regional Business, North West at Vodafone UK, will be addressing attendees at the event, highlighting the opportunity the region has to lead the fourth industrial revolution and how digital connectivity and technologies are shaping a new era for business and the delivery of public services.

“There’s never been a more important time for industry, government and regional communities to work together – as organisations explore new trading opportunities, support an increasingly multi-generational workforce and explore the potential of new innovation,” said Rob Mukherjee. “The Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme provides a great forum for driving cooperation between partners and the government team.  We look forward to joining what will be our second partner meeting, to hear and contribute ideas which support further growth, innovation and skills development across the region.”

Vodafone UK joined the Northern Powerhouse Partnership Programme in December 2016 and is committed to the development of the region’s digital infrastructure and helping organisations support their digital transformation efforts with advanced business communications, networks and Internet of Things technologies. As a major regional employer, earlier this month Vodafone announced 1,400 new customer service jobs in Manchester and Newcastle.

Vodafone has invested hundreds of millions of pounds in its network and services across the North over the last few years, with more to come as part of its £2 billion investment in its UK network and services over the next few years.  Thanks to that investment Vodafone has brought 4G coverage to hundreds of Northern cities and towns.

Northern Powerhouse news announced at the event today by the Government can be found here.


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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