As part of a press release highlighting its investment in the South West region of the UK, Vodafone UK has confirmed the switch-on of two OpenRAN 4G sites in Cornwall. According to the mobile network operator (MNO) its sites at Fistral Beach in Newquay and St Keverne on The Lizard peninsula are only its second and third to go live in the UK. Looking ahead, the operator has said it expects ‘hundreds more rural communities’ to benefit from the rollout of the technology by 2027.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, back in August 2020 the MNO claimed to have become the first British cellco to switch on a live OpenRAN 4G site, with this connecting customers around the Royal Welsh Showground in Powys, Wales, with Mavenir supporting the deployment.
With regards to other recent noteworthy developments in the South West, Vodafone UK confirmed that its 5G network is now available in the city of Plymouth, as well as on the Isles of Scilly. Further, it claimed that it also now offers improved coverage along the A30 – from West London to Land’s End – so that 4G is now available on ‘over 99% of the route’.
Commenting, Andrea Dona, Chief Network Officer at Vodafone UK, said: ‘Our roots in Cornwall and the South West go back a long way. From our investment in and around historic Porthcurno to brand new OpenRAN technology being installed at Fistral Beach and St Keverne, we are committed to investing in Cornwall and connecting its people and businesses.’