Vodafone’s continued commitment to rolling out their 4G network across the UK has continued to progress with 582 cities and towns now actively fully ‘4G Live’ or currently being rolled out. An increase of 65.81% (231 additional Towns and Cities) over the past 6 months.
And feedback from our clients around East Anglia and our Account Managers on the road, we are beginning to see the roll out of 4G across Norwich, Taverham, Cambridge, St Neots, Huntingdon, St Ives, Newmarket, Sudbury, Ipswich and Woodbridge. These destinations are still classed as ‘rolling out’ by Vodafone with continued coverage improvements planned over the coming months to make these destinations ‘4G live’.
The following slideshow are screenshots taken from Vodafone’s Network Coverage Checker on 28/07/15 showing the current 4G coverage.
Continued Network Roll Out
As part of the Government binding agreement with the other key network providers to invest a combined £5 Billion to improve mobile infrastructure significantly by 2017, Vodafone continue to push on with their network coverage roll out to ensure they do everything possible to hit the following targets set by the agreement.
- guaranteed voice and text coverage from each operator across 90 per cent of the UK geographic area by 2017, halving the areas currently disadvantaged by patchy coverage
- an increase in coverage from 69% to 85% of geographic areas by 2017 from all four mobile operators
- reliable signal strength for 2G 3G and 4G voice calls (currently many consumers frequently lose signal or cannot get signal long enough to make a call)
Challenges of developing and upgrading of masts
One of the key issues surrounding the speed of Vodafone’s 4G roll out across the UK is the complex and some say ‘archaic’ planning laws resulting in delays accessing, upgrading and installing new masts.
To try and combat this the Government and Ofcom are currently looking to reform the ‘Electronic Communications Code’ to try and modernise out of date property and planning laws to help reduce delays. This will give the mobile network providers the ability to roll out a first class digital network that will fulfill their requirements of the binding agreement above.
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