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Vodafone 4G coming to five more UK cities

Looks to catch up with EE
Mon Jun 09 2014, 16:23
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UK MOBILE OPERATOR Vodafone announced that its 4G network will be expanding to cover five more UK cities on Monday, which means it will soon serve one million more customers.

Vodafone said that later this summer it will switch on 4G for both homes and businesses in Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Reading and Southampton. This follows the network's recent arrival in Manchester, York Yorkshire and Tyne & Wear.

Vodafone CTO Fergal Kelly said, "Mobile connectivity plays a vital role in keeping communities in touch and helping to support the local economy.

"Our network improvements will ensure thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of consumers in the south of England will have a better opportunity to take part in the growing smartphone revolution."

Vodafone boasted that once it arrives in these five new locations its network will be available to an additional one million people, along with 35,000 businesses.

However, the network is still a long way from catching up with EE, which switched on its LTE network in October 2012, followed by Vodafone and O2 in April 2013.

EE announced plans to take its network to 10 additional UK towns last week, which means that the network now has 215 connected towns, or 72 percent of the UK population. The network announced at the beginning of this year that it had two million 4G subscribers, while Vodafone announced that it had reached the 500,000 mark.

Unlike EE, however, those who sign up to one of Vodafone's Red 4G packages can get six months of free access to either Sky Sports Mobile or Spotify Premium. µ


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