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Vodafone brings 4G to two rural Dumfries and Galloway communities

Vodafone customers in and around the Scottish rural communities of Ae and Loch Head in Dumfries and Galloway are now receiving stronger 4G coverage so residents, businesses and visitors are now enjoying faster and more reliable data speeds as well as better quality voice calls.

The activity is part of the Shared Rural Network (SRN), a £1bn joint initiative between the UK Government and the UK’s four mobile network operators, which will extend overall 4G coverage to 91% of the Scottish landmass* and builds on the multibillion-pound investment Vodafone has already made to bring 4G coverage to 99% of UK premises.  The programme uses mast sharing on existing sites in rural areas where some providers, but not all, have coverage.  SRN also builds new, shared masts to connect areas that currently have no coverage at all.

The masts bring the number of sites across Scotland where Vodafone coverage has already been boosted, as part of the SRN programme, to 49. Locations include Balmacara (Ross-shire), Ettrick (Scottish Borders), Lockerbie (Scottish Borders), New Luce (Dumfries and Galloway) and Traquair (Peeblesshire).

UK Government Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure Sir John Whittingdale said: “We want everyone to have access to reliable, high-quality mobile connectivity regardless of where they live or work, so it’s great to see Vodafone improve 4G coverage for residents in and around Ae and Loch Head.  This is thanks to our £1bn Shared Rural Network programme, which is driving connectivity in some of the most rural parts of the UK – helping to grow the economy and create opportunity by boosting coverage in areas that need it most.”

Andrea Dona, Chief Network Officer, Vodafone UK, said: “We continue to invest in our network to ensure our customers continue to enjoy our most reliable network. However, connecting rural and hard-to-reach parts of the UK can be restricted by cost.  The Shared Rural Network initiative means the UK network operators can work together to ensure people living and working in those areas have a choice of network, as well as ensuring we are nearer to closing the digital divide.” 

BT Bureau

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