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Press Release | 03 Aug 2018

Vodafone turns on advanced network in Brighton as data usage increases by 33%

Vodafone turns on advanced network in Brighton as data usage increases by 33%

Vodafone’s largest ever investment programme in Brighton ensure customers are benefitting from our most reliable network ever.

Brighton super-charged 4G network

Vodafone’s largest ever investment programme is ensuring visitors, residents and local businesses in Brighton are benefitting from our most reliable network ever, including new super-charged 4G services.

With the network already carrying 33% more mobile data than a year ago, upgrades have taken place on sites across the area which are linked together with our ultra-fast fibre-optic network. This will meet the growing demand for mobile data services and ensures the network is ready for the arrival of 5G in the next couple of years.

A key part of our advanced 4G network in the area is a technology called carrier aggregation, which combines different bands of spectrum – radio frequencies used to transmit mobile signals – to increase capacity and improve data speeds. Over 94% of the sites across Brighton have got this enhanced 4G service, meaning customers can use their mobile devices to stream HD videos and access the internet within seconds.  The installation of the latest technology on sites across Brighton has resulted in fast 4G coverage for approximately 99% of the population.

Vodafone UK Chief Technology Officer Scott Petty commented: “We’ve invested billions in our UK network and services to improve coverage.   We plan to spend a further £700 million this year on our UK network alone, because we know connectivity plays a vital role in supporting our customers and the economy. We want to keep communities connected and ensure more customers can enjoy our network wherever they go.

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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

 

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