Vodafone's accelerated 4G roaming plans will see the operator surpass rivals as the world's largest ultrafast roaming network.
Customers will be able to take advantage of the international service from summer 2014, which will enable them to use 4G services on smartphones and tablets in 18 countries for the same price as existing 3G roaming. To add to its existing roaming nations of Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain, Vodafone will extend the inititive to the UK, Australia, Germany, the Netherland, New Zealand and South Africa. Additionally, Vodafone customers will be able to use the 4G networks in Austria, Belgium, France, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Switzerland.
Plans were accelerated under the operator's £7 billion project spring investment. Yesterday, Vodafone announced that it had signed up half a million customers to its 4G network in the UK.
Vodafone Group chief commercial officer, Paolo Bertoluzzo, said: ‘4G is great for travellers, whether they are on business or on holiday. Much faster, simpler to use and often less expensive than typical, hotel Wifi connections anywhere in Europe, 4G roaming will give our customers high-speed connections for video, music streaming, web surfing, working and much more anywhere, from the airport to the cafe.’