Vodafone UK to roll out 3G in 100 rural 'notspots'
Source: totaltele.com View: 245 Date: 2014-07-23

Vodafone UK on Tuesday called on rural communities to apply for the chance to receive 3G coverage via its open access, Sure Signal femtocells.

The nationwide competition, called Rural Open Sure Signal, will see up to 100 unserved villages and hamlet covered, the operator said.

"This is an opportunity for people to make a real difference to their community and to be part of our commitment to close the digital divide between rural and urban areas," said Jeroen Hoencamp, CEO of Vodafone UK, in a statement.

The scheme builds on a Rural Open Sure Signal trial that saw 12 rural locations across the country, the northerly Shetland Islands to Devon in the southwest, get mobile connectivity for the first time.

"Bringing mobile coverage and mobile Internet to rural areas give communities a real boost – both economically and socially. I’m looking forward to seeing the successful communities light up and start to experience the benefits of mobile connectivity," said Hoencamp.

Applications for the Rural Open Sure Signal programme close on 14 October. Vodafone aims to connect the first communities by the end of the year.

"I urge people to work together with their MPs to take this opportunity and bring mobile coverage to their homes," said Ed Vaizey, minister for culture, communications and creative industries.


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