News | 25 Mar 2024

Rural Welsh communities now receiving fast and reliable Vodafone 4G through government-funded element of the Shared Rural Network (SRN) programme

Rural communities in both Ceredigion and Powys, Wales, are now receiving Vodafone’s fast, reliable 4G coverage as part of the government’s commitment to the Shared Rural Network programme.

Vodafone customers living in, working in or visiting the rural locations of Pont-rhyd-y-groes, Ysbyty Ystwyth, LLanafan, Ty’n-y-graig, West Fedw and Trawsgoed are now enjoying faster and more reliable data speeds, as well as higher quality voice calls, following the introduction of Vodafone 4G to three local masts.

The masts have been funded by the UK Government as part of the wider Shared Rural Network (SRN) programme, joining more than 160 others across the UK that have already gone live with Vodafone 4G. The SRN – a £1bn joint initiative between mobile network operators, Ofcom and UK Government – aims to increase operators’ 4G coverage in rural areas.

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The activity is part of the Shared Rural Network (SRN), a £1bn joint initiative between the UK Government and the UK’s four mobile network operators.

Andrea Dona, Network Director, Vodafone UK, said: “We remain committed to delivering the SRN programme. As a result, these rural communities in Ceredigion and Powys are joining others across the UK that already enjoy our fast, reliable 4G. We are now focusing our attention towards switching on more sites across rural parts of the UK in support of the programme.”

The Shared Rural Network is part of Vodafone’s wider network modernisation programme and overarching commitment to closing the rural divide. This includes successfully retiring its 3G network in early 2024, with the last remaining 3G radio frequencies being repurposed to strengthen Vodafone’s 4G and 5G services for customers across the UK.

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