British mobile network operator Vodafone UK has revealed that Welsh town Pontypridd has become the 500th ‘community’ to gain access to its 4G infrastructure, less than three months after fellow Welsh town Bridgend was named as the 400th location where rollout had taken place. In making the announcement, Vodafone said that the development came hot on the heels of plans unveiled last month to invest in its mobile phone services across Wales with a view to bringing both 3G and 4G connectivity to more than 94% of the Welsh population. The cellco meanwhile confirmed that its LTE-based infrastructure is now available to more than 65% of the UK population.
Commenting on the latest network expansion, Jorge Fernandes, chief technology officer at Vodafone UK, was cited as saying: ‘Our network improvements across Pontypridd will ensure users enjoy stronger 3G coverage, whilst the arrival of 4G will also help local businesses react faster to the needs of their customers. We also know that 70% of our customers use their mobile devices most in the home or the office, which is why our investment is particularly focused to improving indoor coverage.’
In total Vodafone UK is planning to spend around GBP1 billion (USD1.48 billion) on its network and services this year, while it is also implementing its Rural Open Sure Signal programme, under which it aims to bring 3G coverage to 100 remote communities for the first time, including Loggersheads Country Park and Brynesglwys in Denbighshire, Moylegrove in Pembrokeshire and Corris in Gwynedd.