In August 1870, a cable-hauled wooden carriage in a tunnel under the River Thames was opened to the public. It helped transport Londoners from one side to the other, but today the tunnel is being used as part of the Vodafone network.
The Victorians were responsible for pioneering one of the most under-appreciated means of modern communication – sub-sea cables – but their legacy also underpins your mobile signal and broadband connection in other, even more unexpected ways.
In several places across the UK, Vodafone uses historic buildings and other structures to support its mobile and fixed line network, many of which have had remarkably quirky lives long before they entered Vodafone service.
In doing so, Vodafone UK helps preserve these architectural artefacts for future generations.