Building our most reliable network ever
  1. Home
  2. Network
  3. Network improvements

Network Improvements

We're constantly working hard to ensure our customers have the best mobile network we can give them. We're improving coverage all over the UK, all year round, so keep checking back to this page for the latest news on our network – and to see what people are saying about it.

Voted best UK network

Our network is now even more reliable, reaching more people and places than before. In fact, Vodafone has been crowned Mobile Network of the Year 2017 by Trusted Reviews – as voted for by you, our customers.

So, Cardiff, Nottingham and Manchester – and all our customers across the UK – thanks for voting us as your best network.

4G in more places

We’ve got better 4G data coverage than ever before – reaching more than 98% of people in the UK

In June 2018, our internal tools showed our 4G 2Mbps outdoor population coverage at 98.31%. But what does that really mean for you?

Well, not only does it show that we’re increasing coverage up and down the country, we’re also working hard to increase coverage in places of interest. Places like Gatwick Airport, where we’ve built a complete coverage solution to make it the fastest 4G airport in the UK. So now you’ll have up to 200Mbps download speeds throughout the entire airport – including the departure gates.

Best in tests in several major cities

Vodafone is the UK’s Best in Test for voice in London, Belfast, Birmingham and Bristol, Best in Test for data in Glasgow and Liverpool and is the most reliable network based on crowdsourcing assessed by P3.

P3’s annual testing reflects the results of network performance, assessed independently by P3 across September and October 2017, where four major operators were tested in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Coverage may vary. 

To discover what this means for you, please read the full P3 report breakdown [PDF: 1.8MB]

To see how we verify our claims please see the conclusion report. [PDF: 37KB] 

Doubling the amount of 4G+ available

We spent 2017 re-farming 3G to 4G across the UK. The result? We’ve doubled 4G capacity from 2 lanes to 4 lanes and increased 4G capacity by 150%, so you can enjoy download speeds of up to 300Mbps.

We’ve been doing this up and down the country, including (but by no means limited to) cities like London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Nottingham and Bristol.

Londoners love us

Vodafone customers in London have spoken – and they’re making us blush.

Londoners have rated us higher when asked if they would recommend us than customers of Three. And they’re more likely to recommend us compared to customers of O2 as well.*

So, thank you Londoners – you’re lovely.

*According to research by GfK commissioned by Vodafone. (Research period: June 2018 to Aug 2018; Sample sizes: Vodafone=439, O2=153, EE=145, Three=199.) The question asked was: How likely would you be to recommend to a friend, family member or colleague? Please answer on a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 means you definitely would not recommend and 10 means you definitely would recommend.

Vodafone customers in London gave a significantly higher Net Promoter Score (NPS) than customers of Three in London. And a significantly higher percentage of Vodafone customers in London scored 9 or 10 compared to O2 customers in London. NPS is calculated by comparing the percentage of customers who score 9 or 10 out of 10 against the percentage of customers who score 0 to 6.

Check your coverage

Find out what the coverage is like in your area, and where your nearest Wi-Fi hotspots are.

Network performance

We're really proud of our network's performance, but we know our signal can sometimes dip or slow down. If this ever happens, the chances are we’re already aware of it and doing all we can to get it fixed.

Vodafone crowned ‘Mobile Network of the Year’

We’re thrilled to have been named Mobile Network of the Year 2017 by Trusted Reviews. It’s a fantastic reward for the work we’ve been putting in to improve our network and service – so we’d like to say a big thank you to you, our customers, for voting for us.

Performance you can rely on from Vodafone

We've brought more coverage to nearly 100 rural communities through our Open Sure Signal programme.

We carry over 72 million calls a day on our network. Whether you need more data to stream your favourite movies or just want a better connection to make a call, we’re committed to giving you the best possible service.

Why Vodafone?

Providing increased 4G coverage, indoors and out

Providing increased 4G coverage in London

Improving call quality by offering crystal-clear HD Voice calls on our network

Providing network coverage in places where there’s no mobile signal, through Wi-Fi Calling.

Providing increased 4G coverage, indoors and out

We work hard to continuously increase and improve our coverage across the UK. We do it in a variety of ways: physically building new masts that provide coverage to geographical and population areas that we didn’t cover before; deploying new masts in areas we already cover, to increase the capacity of our network; adding more spectrum or new technologies such as 4G to existing masts; and reducing downtime on our network by fixing faults and outages more quickly.