Vodafone launches national programme for rural mobile access

Vodafone launches national programme for rural mobile access

Mobile phone carrier Vodafone has launched a national programme for rural communities to apply for mobile access. The company has called on communities to work together, in partnership with their local MP, to apply for Vodafone’s Open Sure Signal technology and its 3G mobile coverage for their area.

Up to 100 rural communities across the UK will have the opportunity to avail of the service. Vodafone’s trial of the Rural Open Sure Signal led to 12 rural communities having the technology rolled out in their areas.

Vodafone Open Sure Signal uses femtocell technology for users to receive a Vodafone 3G signal in areas where traditional mobile coverage is unavailable. As well as enabling Vodafone 3G voice services, the signal also provides communities with web access on mobile devices. The units use existing broadband services to deliver the Vodafone 3G mobile signal. Applications for the programme will close on 14 October.

Applications for the Rural Open Sure Signal programme close on 14 October 2014 with the first communities to be connected by the end of the year. - See more at: http://www.information-age.com/technology/mobile-and-networking/123458268/vodafone-uk-launches-national-programme-focused-rural-hotspots#sthash.NpbqCZhk.dpuf
Applications for the Rural Open Sure Signal programme close on 14 October 2014 with the first communities to be connected by the end of the year. - See more at: http://www.information-age.com/technology/mobile-and-networking/123458268/vodafone-uk-launches-national-programme-focused-rural-hotspots#sthash.NpbqCZhk.dpuf
Applications for the Rural Open Sure Signal programme close on 14 October 2014 with the first communities to be connected by the end of the year. - See more at: http://www.information-age.com/technology/mobile-and-networking/123458268/vodafone-uk-launches-national-programme-focused-rural-hotspots#sthash.NpbqCZhk.dpuf

Jeroen Hoencamp, Vodafone UK’s CEO said the programme is an opportunity for people to make a difference to their community and to be part of the company’s commitment to close the digital divide between rural and urban areas.

'Bringing mobile coverage and mobile internet to rural areas gives 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 mobile connectivity will bring to each and every community involved.'

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, said that Vodafone’s Open Sure Signal technology offers communities the chance to transform their lives by bringing them technology that many take for granted.

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