Vodafone UK has revealed that following an expansion of its 4G network across the greater London area, its infrastructure now covers more than 80 towns and districts ‘from Harlow in the north to Dorking in the south and from Dartford in the east to Windsor in the west’. The announcement comes just under two weeks after it revealed that it had switched on its LTE network in the cities of Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield. Looking ahead, the cellco has also confirmed that it plans to make its 4G services available in Liverpool and Glasgow on 17 October and 24 October, respectively, while Manchester will follow ‘shortly afterwards’. By the end of the year, meanwhile, Vodafone’s LTE infrastructure is expected to be live in four more cities, those being Bradford, Edinburgh, Leeds and Newcastle, while it says it remains on track to achieve 98% population coverage by 2015. To realise its rollout aims, the cellco has said it is spending more than GBP900 million (USD1.44 billion) on its network this year, with such investment coming on top of the GBP802 million it spent on acquiring spectrum in the government’s auction which concluded in February 2013. Alongside outlining the plans for its network rollout, Vodafone has also revealed that it has now signed up 100,000 subscribers to its ‘Red 4G’ plans.
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