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Investing in your future regionally

With Vodafone's regional expertise, networks and services continue to improve across the UK, boosting coverage and getting you better connected to help you accelerate through the recovery. Here's how ...

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is working towards being a technology hub of global importance, with particular focus on disruptive technologies, innovation and cyber security. Vodafone is working closely with the region to deliver the connectivity and solutions it needs to stay relevant and competitive in a rapidly changing world. We currently have our best 4G network in operation, plus we’re rolling out a 5G network across the country, while bolstering the Northern Ireland’s ‘smart nation’ credentials with our NB-IoT implementation, which now reaches 99% of the population.

Scotland

Innovation is deeply engrained in Scottish culture, with the country devising a whole host of world-changing inventions from the ATM to colour photography. Today, many organisations in Scotland continue to work on groundbreaking products and services, thanks to the nation being set up to encourage new and pioneering businesses, with more university spin-off startups being created here than anywhere else in the UK. Glasgow was one of the first cities to experience Vodafone’s industry-leading 5G network, and we are committed to investing in Scotland’s future with connectivity across the region.

The South

Organisations across the South of England rely on the Vodafone network to communicate and collaborate with their people, suppliers and customers, which has been particularly important over the past year. Vodafone has been supporting organisations in the region with access to 59 million GB of data, sending 1.2 billion messages and over 105.6 million hours of voice calls every six months. To help organisations understand the benefits of digital transformation, Vodafone also hosts workshops at its innovation hub in Newbury.

London

London is one of the world’s leading financial centres for international business. With many people working from home and handling sensitive data remotely, keeping your organisation safe from digital security threats is essential to stay operational and profitable. Vodafone is investing to improve London connectivity right now, with the UK capital one of three UK cities chosen for the launch of a commercial pilot of the next phase in the evolution of mobile network infrastructure: 5G Standalone.

Wales

Innovation is the cornerstone to Wales’ future with its spirit of entrepreneurship and emphasis on new industries and approaches. Vodafone is working across the country to help maintain this momentum by increasing the roll out of our 5G network, which could boost the economy by as much as £1.3 billion over the next 10 years, creating new jobs and improving public services. Rural communities across Wales are also set to receive stronger 4G coverage. Cardiff is one of three UK cities chosen for the launch of a commercial pilot of the next phase in the evolution of mobile network infrastructure: 5G Standalone, run by Vodafone.

The Midlands

The automotive, manufacturing and tourism industries have been key to this region’s economic success and growth in recent years, with the economy growing faster here than the national UK rate. The Midlands is a leader in attracting inward investment and is looking towards its creative sector to drive future growth. The Government has acknowledged this progressive, forward-thinking spirit by selecting the region to become the innovative home to the UK’s first multi-city 5G test bed, shaping the future of the business world. As part of this initiative, Vodafone is improving tram safety and accessibility through work with West Midlands 5G (WM5G) and GoMedia. We’ve partnered with Transport for West Midlands and West Midlands 5G to develop a new smart parking system – the first in the UK to determine availability in real time using 5G.

The North (Manchester)

The North of England has always been at the forefront of British innovation, and Greater Manchester is leading the way in various business sectors ranging from medical research to smart city solutions. Our commitment is clear – from being part of the Northern Powerhouse partnership programme in 2016 to investing £20 million in our Greater Manchester network in the past 5 years

The South West

June was a busy month for Vodafone in the South West, We not only provided fixed line connectivity for the G7 Summit, but also gave Newquay’s Fistral Beach and St Keverne on The Lizard access to fast Vodafone 4G mobile internet, thanks to new mobile technology called OpenRAN. These two Cornwall locations are only the second and third Vodafone OpenRAN sites to go live in the UK, and hundreds more rural communities in the region and across the UK are set to benefit from the technology by 2027. OpenRAN allows telecoms operators to change the way they build and manage networks, making it more flexible and cost-efficient. In the future, this will benefit Vodafone customers in rural communities, as well as helping us improve our network’s energy efficiency, reducing out carbon footprint.

More good news for the South West is that:

  • Vodafone 5G is now available in Plymouth and on the Isles of Scilly
  • There’s better mobile coverage on the A30 from London to Land’s End thanks to Vodafone 4G availability over 99% of the route
  • Plymouth Sound will soon have its own Vodafone 5G Mobile Private Network delivering cutting-edge connectivity to local businesses and education establishments