Vodafone scheme for rural areas

Vodafone UK has joined forces with the National Association of Local Councils and Countryside Alliance to encourage more communities to apply to its Rural Open Sure Signal programme.

The national programme gives 100 rural areas across the UK the opportunity to have mobile coverage for the first time. The community led initiative is offering 100 rural communities, in poor mobile coverage locations the chance to receive 3G mobile access.

Vodafone UK is encouraging small businesses and community councils to actively engage with their local villages to apply for the installation of Vodafone’s innovative Open Sure Signal technology.

Using ‘open femto’ technology, the programme provides a Vodafone 3G signal in areas where traditional mobile coverage has been unable to reach. The units use existing broadband services to deliver the signal and can be installed on buildings including village halls, pubs, shops and homes across the community.

Vodafone’s initial trial of the scheme has seen the connection of 12 areas including Walls in the Shetland Islands to Newton St Cyres in Devon.

Vodafone are also spending more than £1 billion on its network and services this year, including extending its 4G coverage to 319 cities and towns and thousands of smaller communities across the UK.

Applications for the Rural Open Sure Signal programme close on October 14 and the first communities are set to be connected by the end of the year. For more information visit www.vodafone.co.uk/rural.