News | 24 Aug 2022

Sun, sea and 4G: Vodafone boosts signal near Bank Holiday hotspots

From the Isle of Wight and Conwy, to Dorset and Devon, locals and holiday makers alike will benefit from Vodafone's improved coverage in holiday hotspots.

With the 2022 August Bank Holiday around the corner, Vodafone has improved its 4G mobile coverage in a number of tourist hotspots and beach locations, so staycationers, as well as residents and local businesses, can make the most of faster data speeds and more reliable calls.

Locations including Abergele and Harlech (Conwy), Bembridge (Isle of Wight), Wareham (Dorset) and Exmouth (Devon), are all set for the busy extended weekend thanks to upgrades made as part of Vodafone’s ongoing network modernisation programme to improve 4G and bring 5G to more customers around the UK.

The upgrades mean customers in these areas can enjoy even more reliable 4G mobile data. For families on the move, it is perfect for checking directions and streaming to keep the kids entertained. Photographers can seamlessly share snaps on social media and, with the rise of ‘working from phone’, those joining calls can rely on better audio quality by using Vodafone’s 4G Calling (also known as Voice over LTE or VoLTE) as well as a reliable connection for emails.

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Andrea Donà, Network and Development Director at Vodafone UK, said: “We know, as people travel over the summer, our network is busier in certain areas, especially with more people choosing to holiday in the UK. To make sure our customers get the best possible experience, we prioritised adding the latest 4G technology to the areas to ensure visitors, local residents and businesses can enjoy a reliable connection.

“While we continue to roll out 5G, our on-going investment in 4G technology is just as important to make sure we leave no-one behind.”

With 4G still accounting for the majority of data consumption across the UK, Vodafone’s ongoing investments in the 4G network are critical to ensure everyone and anyone can enjoy the benefits of digital. As a result of the network upgrades in staycation locations, sites are now able to carry 50% more data to ensure more people can connect simultaneously, while average download speeds more than doubled and the reliability of phone calls was improved by 10%.

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In 2023 Vodafone is retiring 3G in the UK, so it’s time to check your phone – and to check-in on your relatives and neighbours – to see if and how you’ll be affected by the switch-off.

The current network upgrade programme will see the retirement of the old 3G network in 2023, with coverage replaced by strengthened 4G and 5G services, so customers can access a more reliable connection in more parts of the country.

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