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Press Release | 09 Aug 2018

Vodafone’s Bristol network gets boost in time for Balloon Fiesta

Vodafone’s Bristol network gets boost in time for Balloon Fiesta

With half a million visitors expected at Bristol’s famous Balloon Fiesta this weekend (9-12 August), Vodafone has increased network capacity across the showground to ensure customers are able to keep in touch and share their best images over social media during the event

With half a million visitors expected at Bristol’s famous Balloon Fiesta this weekend (9-12 August), Vodafone has increased network capacity across the showground to ensure customers are able to keep in touch and share their best images over social media during the event.

With Vodafone 4G mobile data traffic increasing across the whole of Bristol by around 78% compared to this time last year, temporary mobile coverage trailers have been installed to provide additional network coverage and capacity.

This network boost forms part of a multi-million-pound investment programme in the South West region. Vodafone 4G is now available across 99% of Bristol, with local residents and businesses using their mobile devices more than ever before to access the Internet, send and receive emails and stream videos. Bristol Airport also recently received an extensive network upgrade.

Meanwhile, we also recently announced that Bristol will be one of the seven UK cities to become a Vodafone 5G test area, and we are already laying the foundations for 5G across the city.   5G-ready Active Antenna network technology (Massive MIMO) has already been installed outside Bristol Temple Meads railway station to create capacity and enable faster speeds in an area where lots of people connect to the network at the same time.

Vodafone UK’s Chief Technology Officer Scott Petty said “People from all over the world come to Bristol’s Balloon Fiesta. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that our network continues to run seamlessly for our customers. We expect the special coverage trailers to do just that. However, it’s also important that our customers continue to enjoy strong voice coverage and fast data speeds once the balloons are packed away, that is why we continue to invest in our network across the city and the wider South West.”

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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 October 2020, we have 5G in 57 locations in the UK and 193 across Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland.

In September 2020, leading mobile benchmarking company, umlaut, named Vodafone as London’s best network for 5G. Our 4G network coverage currently reaches over 99% of the UK population. And in October 2020, Vodafone was named Network Provider of the Year by readers of leading technology advice website, Trusted Reviews.

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 15 UK towns and cities through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach.

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