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VODAFONE & TOWER 42 DELIVER 4G SERVICE IN THE CITY’S ORIGINAL SKYSCRAPER

Vodafone UK and Tower 42, London’s original skyscraper, have teamed up to provide customers with the highest 4G service in the City of London, provided by Vodafone.

The in-building 4G system covers the tower’s 42 floors and uses Vodafone’s latest high-bandwidth 2.6GHz spectrum to provide excellent 4G coverage with ample capacity. This means that from even the dizzy heights of the Vertigo 42 Champagne Bar, you’ll still enjoy the same great coverage.

In addition to installing hundreds of antennas, Vodafone engineers worked tirelessly behind the scenes in the building’s core to install over 6100m of coax cable and 2000m of fibre to power the installation. Stretched out, this would equal the height of the building over 43 times or the distance from London Bridge to the Natural History Museum.

Vodafone UK’s Head of Network Kye Prigg said: “We are delighted that Tower 42 invited us to partner with them to deliver the best service possible to our customers, in one of the busiest and most popular areas of London. With many of London’s skyscrapers now towering above our mobile network below, our engineers have to head for the heights in order to provide customers with a strong 4G signal. Increasingly, we are providing bespoke 4G systems to achieve this, as well as working out new ways to overcome modern designs, such as reflective glass which can divert radio waves.”

Philip Lewis, Kirsh Group, commented on behalf of the owners: “At Tower 42, we take great pride in offering the best facilities and there is no doubt that good mobile phone and data connectivity is critical to modern business success. In partnership with Vodafone, this technology allows us to lead the way in delivering dedicated 4G coverage to the 2,500 people who work within the Tower and our 1,200 daily visitors.”

Vodafone’s integrated 4G system in Tower 42 forms part of Vodafone UK’s continued commitment and investment in the London network which is now offering 4G to 99% of the city’s population. As a result, 4G data usage is increasing month on month and total weekly data usage equates to more than 300 years of continuous web browsing*. Our call set up rate is also industry leading at over 99% and our dropped call rate is down to 0.58% throughout London. As a result of this, Vodafone’s network in London has been recognised as number one by leading independent technology consultancy, P3.

Tower 42 forms part of the Tower 42 Estate, which comprises six self-contained building on a freehold site of 2.2 acres. The skyscraper provides unique office space in a range of flexible leasing options, in the heart of the City of London.  The Estate continues to attract tenants from a diverse occupier base whilst achieving market leading rent. As a result, it is now home to over 50 international companies and 3,500 people.

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • *based on the average song size as 4MB, average non HD film as 750MB and 1 hour of typical browsing equating to 10-25MB as collated by http://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/guides/broadband/guide-to-internet-data-usage
  • Vodafone has expanded its ultrafast 4G coverage to 750 larger cities, towns and districts as well as thousands of smaller communities across the UK. For more information on our 4G coverage visit vodafone.co.uk/4g.
  • Customers can check Vodafone’s current and planned coverage at http://www.vodafone.co.uk/our-network-and-coverage/uk-coverage-map/index.htm
  • Coverage predictions are based on an assumption that Vodafone can obtain planning permission to build sites, access to land or buildings to place equipment and backhaul to connect sites.
  • Vodafone 4G is typically 3.6 times faster than our 3G. Speeds vary and depend on coverage and demand. For more information visit vodafone.co.uk/4g.
  • 4G devices are available for review on request.

About Tower 42

  • Tower 42 is a landmark building offering 324,000 sq ft of high quality office space spread over 42 floors in the heart of the City of London.
  • The Tower 42 Estate provides a high quality environment with an outstanding range of services.
  • At more than 600 ft in height, is one of the tallest buildings in the City of London.
  • Location: Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HQ
  • For those looking for prime offices on the most flexible terms in the city, please visit http://www.tower42.com/.
  • The owners of the Tower 42 estate have begun construction of a brand new 55,000 sq ft office building, 15 Bishopsgate. Full details can be found here: http://15bishopsgate.co.uk/.

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VODAFONE UK'S WINTER SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

Vodafone UK has today published its quarterly Sustainability Report, which covers activity during Winter 2015.  The report covers a range of initiatives:

  • the launch of our partnership with The Scout Association and the creation of the Scouts Digital Manifesto, which provides clear goals to help young people use digital technology safely, creatively and responsibly .
  • working with the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) at St Andrews University to investigate the rapid decline of some species of marine mammal using our machine-to-machine (M2M) technology
  • Our Giving Something Back campaign, which also highlights that £33 million has been donated through JustTextGiving since its launch in May 2011

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VODAFONE GLOBAL SURVEY REVEALS RAPID ADOPTION OF FLEXIBLE WORKING

75 per cent of companies worldwide have now introduced flexible working policies to enable employees to vary their hours and use the latest technologies to work from home or on the move according to one of the largest global surveys of its kind conducted with 8,000 employers and employees across three continents. The survey – Flexible: friend or foe? – by Vodafone drew on responses from small and medium-sized businesses, public sector organisations and multinational corporations (MNCs) in 10 countries.

 

Respondents stated – to a striking extent – that they believed performance had been enhanced as a result of flexible working:
– 61 per cent of respondents said their company’s profits increased;
– 83 per cent reported an improvement in productivity; and
– 58 per cent believed that flexible working policies had a positive impact on their organisation’s reputation.

 

The rapid adoption of high-speed mobile data services, fixed-line broadband and cloud services is playing an integral role in this workplace revolution: 61 per cent of respondents now use their home broadband service to access work applications and 24 per cent use a mobile data connection via their smartphone, tablet or laptop with a broadband dongle.

 

Barriers to adoption
Vodafone’s survey also explored the reasons why 20 per cent of respondents said their organisation had not yet implemented a flexible working policy. Of those reporting that there was no such policy in place:
– 33 per cent said they believed it would not suit the culture of their organisation;
– 30 per cent were concerned about friction between employees working flexibly and those who did not do so;
– 25 per cent believed that work would be unfairly distributed between flexible and non-flexible groups of employees; and
– 22 per cent believed employees would not work as hard if allowed to adopt flexible working patterns and technologies.

 

While the minority of respondents without flexible working policies in place were clear on the reasons why their organisations had not yet pursued these, even within this group there was a clear sense that reversing their organisation’s position would deliver benefits:
– 55 per cent of employers without flexible working policies in place agreed that employee morale would improve if these were to be introduced;
– 44 per cent said they believed productivity would improve as a result; and
– 30 per cent believed profits would increase.

 

 

Country and generational differences
Vodafone’s research identified a number of striking variations between national attitudes towards flexible working. For example:
– 71 per cent of Spanish employees surveyed use their own smartphone to work flexibly outside the workplace compared with 38 per cent in the UK and 27 per cent in Germany;
– Only 8 per cent of UK employers surveyed would be concerned about employees not working as hard as a consequence of flexible working policies compared with 33 per cent in Hong Kong; and
– 52 per cent of German employees surveyed said they were not aware of their company’s security policy regarding flexible working compared with 23 per cent of those in India.

 

Vodafone’s Flexible: friend or foe? survey also found marked differences between age groups in the workplace. The new generation in the workplace is instinctively adopting technologies such as cloud services, advanced messaging and video conferencing that are central to flexible working. Researchers found that 72 per cent of 18-24 year olds believed that flexible working would improve the quality of their work. However, that proportion fell to 38 per cent among respondents over 55.

 

Vodafone Group Enterprise Chief Executive Nick Jeffery said: “Vodafone’s research reveals a profound and rapid shift in the modern workplace. Employers are telling us that flexible working boosts profits while their employees tell us they’re more productive. Central to all of this are the new technologies that are reshaping every sector, from high-speed mobile data networks and fixed-line broadband to the latest collaborative cloud services. We truly are in an era when work is what you do, not where you go.”

 

 

Notes to editors
The Flexible: friend or foe? survey was conducted by Morar (formerly Redshift Research) on behalf of Vodafone between September and October 2015. The countries surveyed were Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the UK and the USA. A total of 8,000 employers and employees were interviewed online across 10 countries.
Download our flexible working guide at www.vodafone.com/WorkFlexi

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