Vodafone UK launches rural ‘notspot’ programme

23 Jul 2014

Vodafone UK has announced a national programme under which it aims to offer up to 100 rural communities the opportunity to apply for mobile access with a view to enhancing coverage. With the cellco saying it was calling for communities to work together, in partnership with their local MP, to apply for the installation of its Open Sure Signal technology, it said it was hoping to bring its 3G services to new areas.

In unveiling its plans, Vodafone UK noted that its initial Rural Open Sure Signal trial saw the connection of twelve rural communities across the UK, from Walls in the Shetland Islands to Newton St Cyres in Devon; the cellco’s Open Sure Signal uses femtocell technology to provide a 3G signal in those areas where traditional mobile coverage has yet to reach due to issues with local geography or planning permission.

Jeroen Hoencamp, Vodafone UK’s chief executive, said of the scheme: ‘This is an opportunity for people to make a real difference to their community and to be part of our commitment to close the digital divide between rural and urban areas.’

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