Press Release | 24 Mar 2016


  • Consumers  and businesses across town to benefit from Vodafone’s improvements to both its 3G and 4G network
  • The rollout of 4G services is part of approximately £2 billion Vodafone is spending on its network and services in the UK

Vodafone UK today announced that Ulverston in Cumbria has become the 800th community to benefit from the arrival of its 4G service.  The company has also announced improvements to its 3G network in the town.

The arrival of Vodafone 4G in Ulverston means all customers with compatible devices and bundles will be able to connect to the internet more quickly, more reliably and in more places than ever before.  Vodafone customers will be able to take advantage of a wide range of entertainment whether at home or on the go, offering music, sport, movies and TV through Vodafone’s leading content partnerships*.  4G services will also help businesses improve productivity by enabling employees to work where they want to, when they want to.

Jorge Fernandes, Chief Technology Officer for Vodafone UK, commented: “It is great news that Ulverston has become our 800th 4G community. The arrival of 4G will bring faster internet speeds to customers whilst our overall network improvements in the town and across the area will ensure our customers enjoy stronger outdoor and indoor coverage.  Local businesses will also be able to react faster to the needs of customers and introduce remote working practices for staff which can help reduce costs and increase productivity.”

John Woodcock MP for Barrow and Furness said “People across Furness have had to put up with poor connectivity and coverage for too long, so it is great news that Vodafone is bringing 4G to Ulverston. It is so important that local families and businesses have good mobile internet services and this announcement is a real step in the right direction.”

The improvements are part of the £2 billion Vodafone is spending on its network and services in the UK. It follows the nationwide provision of HD (High Definition) Voice technology on its 3G network and the Vodafone Rural Open Sure Signal programme which has provided a number of remote rural communities in Cumbria, including Witherslack, with reliable 3G coverage.

About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK is a technology communications company that connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed-line connections, home and office broadband, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

We have a strong track record as a tech pioneer, making the UK’s first mobile phone call, sending the first text message, and making the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G in 2018. We were the first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester and now have 5G in locations across Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain as well as the UK. Meanwhile, our 4G network coverage currently reaches over 99% of the UK population.

Today, Vodafone serves more than 18 million mobile and fixed-line customers in the UK. Vodafone is the largest provider of full fibre in the UK – our superfast broadband services are now available to nearly 12 million homes across the UK.

Sustainability is also at the heart of what we do: as of 1 July 2021, 100% of the grid electricity we use in the UK is certified to be from renewable sources.

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