Vodafone UK has launched a new pilot scheme in partnership with rural pubs organisation, Pub is The Hub, which will provide four rural community pubs with reliable indoor mobile coverage for the first time.
Called the Rural Community Pub programme, the pilot will involve the installation of Vodafone’s Premium Sure Signal at four rural pubs – two in Norfolk and one each in Dyfed and Flintshire in Wales. The discreet ‘femtocell’ unit – about the size of a small broadband router – will connect to the pubs’ existing fixed broadband connection and provide reliable, deep indoor 3G voice coverage and high-speed 3G mobile internet access for employees and their regulars.
The Rural Community Pub pilot and Vodafone’s innovative ‘femtocell’ schemes, such as its successful Rural Open Sure Signal (ROSS) programme, help bring reliable coverage to rural communities without the need for a traditional mast.
The Cross Keys in Dilham, Norfolk and The Mermaid Inn in Elsing, Norfolk are already enjoying the technology.
Paul Grothier, Landlord at The Cross Keys in Dilham commented: “I’m really proud that The Cross Keys is the first pub to go live on the trial. Dilham is an area with very little mobile coverage and being on the Norfolk Broads, we get a lot of holiday makers coming into the pub who have previously been disappointed by the lack of coverage. Since the technology has gone live, the pub now has fantastic 3G coverage and fast data speeds. My customers, staff and business are reaping the benefits.”
Jorge Fernandes, Vodafone UK Chief Technology Officer, said: “We are delighted to be able to help these rural pubs extend and broaden the vital range of services they provide to the communities they serve through the use of the latest mobile technology. Pubs up and down the UK are key to the economic and social well-being of rural communities and the country. By combining our innovative programmes, such as Rural Community Pubs and ROSS, with our current network improvement programme, we are calling time on no rural mobile coverage.”
John Longden, Chief Executive for Pub is The Hub said: “When so much of modern life is about ‘connectivity’ we were delighted to work with Vodafone on this pilot project – we can only see benefits to rural pubs and their surrounding communities and visitors.”
Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk commented: “This is really good news. I’m delighted that the Cross Keys at Dilham is participating in this scheme. Village pubs are really important to the local community. Indoor mobile internet will be very attractive for customers.”
George Freeman, MP for Mid Norfolk added: “I am delighted to hear about Vodafone’s new initiative to boost mobile signal and 3G coverage in Norfolk through the Rural Community Pub Programme. For too long commercial properties in rural communities have lost out as they lagged behind the rest of the UK in digital connectivity. This programme is a great example of the innovative thinking we need and I’m delighted that the Mermaid Inn in Elsing is participating in this important scheme to both improve connectivity and support the local economy.”
*source- Vodafone media site
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