Vodafone UK lights up rural Norfolk not spots with 3G coverage for the first time

Following on from Vodafone’s successful trial at Blakeney to bring mobile signal to rural not-spot areas, three more rural communities within Norfolk can now boast 3G Mobile coverage for the first time.

The rural communities of High Kelling, Hillington and Upper Sheringham are the latest areas in rural not-spot locations to receive 3G voice and data services thanks to Vodafone’s Rural Open Sure Signal (#ROSS100) programme.

Vodafone’s #ROSS100 programme is a national initiative supported by local MP’s, councils, and rural action groups to provide 100 mobile not-spot communities across the UK with reliable mobile signal using innovative Sure Signal ‘femtocell’ Technology.

With the complexities of developing strong mobile coverage across rural areas due to factors such as geographic location, site negotiation and obtaining planning permission in places of outstanding beauty, the #ROSS100 campaign is a breath of fresh air to rural communities who struggle with mobile coverage.

Vodafone have also stated that more of the 100 successful applicants which include Norfolk communities of Croxton, Horning, Loddon, Salhouse, Saxthorpe, Reepham and Martham will go live with the Rural Open Sure Signal technology in the next few months.

Below are comments from Vodafone, local MP’s and residents of High Kelling, Hillington and Upper Sheringham on how the rural open sure signal technology has made a positive impact to these rural communities.

Jorge Fernandes, Vodafone UK Chief Technology Officer, said: Mobile connectivity is an essential service for rural areas, however, getting traditional coverage to these areas can be deeply frustrating when faced with areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty or a lack of required broadband.  However, we’re determined not be beaten on rural coverage and we know ROSS works.  This will make such a difference – not only for the people who work and live in them, but the hundreds of visitors they receive each year.”

Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk commented: “This is an excellent scheme providing access to 3G voice and internet services to places in North Norfolk that have struggled with little or no connectivity for years. This is great news for local people, local businesses and the large number of tourists who visit the area. I look forward to discussing the success of the scheme with residents in High Kelling and Upper Sheringham”.

Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk commented: “Digital connectivity is really important to people across my constituency and I’m delighted that Hillington has joined other communities across the UK in getting access to mobile internet services through Vodafone’s Rural Open Sure Signal Programme. The project is a great example of local people working together with business to bring the benefits of digital connectivity to their community”.

Ben Wallace, Village Champion at Hillington said: “This is great news for Hillington, where the mobile signal has been almost non-existent up until now. It is particularly good news for the elderly and all those using and visiting Tapping House, the new hospice in the village. To have a mobile signal and be able to make a call is a huge step forward and to have 3G is beyond our wildest dreams. The Community Council would like to thank Vodafone for installing ROSS and those who have allowed their premises to be used for the greater good of the community.”

David Kendrick, Village Champion for Upper Sheringham said: “We’d like to thank Vodafone for choosing us for the Rural Open Sure Signal programme. We now have signal in Upper Sheringham. It’s a real difference for many members of the community who can now enjoy the benefits of 3G coverage.”

Robin Johnson, Village Champion for High Kelling commented:In High Kelling over 60% of the population are 61 or older. This makes us very vulnerable in the event of any sort of ‘incident’ and utterly dependent on the best possible communications. Until recently, mobile ‘phones were almost unusable in our village. Vodafone has now brought us a 3G signal reliable over almost all our village with their Rural Open Sure Signal service. It is comforting to know that our residents have access to the emergency services and to friends and family when they need it.”

Vodafone Sure Signal for your home or business

Vodafone Open Sure Signal #ROSS100 features a more powerful version of the technology found in the standard Vodafone Sure Signal (designed for homes and small offices). If you are experiencing poor signal in your home or office then Comm-Tech could help identify if a Vodafone Sure Signal would be beneficial for you.

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Vodafone press release 18th September 2015