Vodafone extends 3G mobile coverage to Welsh rural “not-spot”


Vodafone UK has announced that the Loggerheads Country Park in North Wales is the latest location to benefit from a rollout of 3G mobile phone coverage to rural “not-spot” areas.

Until now, the park has been subject to poor quality and unreliable mobile coverage with below average network speeds.

As part of the Rural Open Sure Signal programme, which is supported by local government, Vodafone is rolling out boosted mobile coverage to 100 rural communities that have been left behind in the expansion of the 3G and 4G networks.

Jorge Fernandes, Vodafone UK Chief Technology Officer, said: “Mobile connectivity is an essential service for areas like Loggerheads, however getting traditional coverage to this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty would prove very difficult.”

David Jones, MP for Clwyd West said: “I’m delighted that Loggerheads has joined other communities across the UK in getting access to mobile internet services through Vodafone’s Rural Open Sure Signal Programme.”

Hugh Evans, Leader for the Denbighshire County Council commented: “The arrival of the Vodafone ROSS programme at Loggerheads is part of the Digital Denbighshire Plan, which works towards improving mobile phone reception across the county.

Due to its rural location and high visitor numbers, Loggerheads was identified as a key site that would benefit from a 3G signal, allowing visitors and on-site businesses to make clear voice calls, access emails and the internet.”

In addition to its rural network projects, Vodafone is planning to spend around £2 billion to upgrade its network across the country as it extends 4G services to nearly 600 cities and towns.

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