Press Releases (235)

VODAFONE BRINGS 4G TO BLANDFORD FORUM

Vodafone UK has started to roll out its 4G in Blandford Forum this week, whilst also making improvements to its 3G network.  The arrival of 4G means all customers with compatible devices and bundles will be able to connect to the internet more quickly, more reliably and in more places than ever before. 4G services will also help businesses improve productivity by enabling employees to work where they want to, when they want to.

P3 Connect, one of the world’s leading independent mobile network testing companies, recently reported Vodafone was the UK’s number one network for voice*, meaning more calls get through on Vodafone’s network, are connected faster and with great speech quality.

Vodafone has invested more than £2 billion in its network and services since 2014 and expects to spend another £2 billion on them over the next three years.  In a sign of its confidence in the strength of its network, Vodafone recently introduced a Network Satisfaction Guarantee giving new and upgrading customers a 30 day trial to experience for themselves the quality of the network before they fully commit to Vodafone.

Vodafone is also leading the industry in developing innovative approaches to the challenge of poor coverage in rural areas. Our Rural Open Sure Signal programme has brought 3G coverage to 84 rural communities across the UK over the last two years; we now plan to build on that success with our new Community Indoor Sure Signal initiative*. For more information on how to apply visit www.vodafone.uk/CISS100

Simon Hoare, MP for North Dorset, commented:  “This announcement is great news for each and every resident and business in Blandford.  One of my top priorities has been to increase 4G coverage across North Dorset.  This is an important step forward and I’m really grateful to Vodafone.”

– ends –

 

Notes to Editors

  • *As independently tested by P3 Connect. Four major UK networks tested 21.09 – 04.10.2016. Vodafone is the UK’s #1 network for voice: The “BEST IN TEST” seal is awarded by P3 Connect. P3’s annual testing reflects the results of network performance assessed independently between 21 September and 4 October 2016, where four operators were tested in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Coverage may vary. For verification see vodafone.co.uk/network
  • Customers can check Vodafone’s current and planned coverage at vodafone.co.uk/our-network-and-coverage/uk-coverage-map/index.htm
  • Coverage ambitions assume that Vodafone can obtain planning permission, gain access to land or buildings to place equipment and provide connectivity to masts.

Vodafone Community Indoor Sure Signal programme

  • There is still time for people to apply for the Vodafone Community Indoor Sure Signal programme, which is focused on providing reliable, indoor mobile coverage and internet access within local hubs such as independent or community run pubs and shops, village halls, scout huts, doctor’s surgeries or visitor centres. Applicants do not need reliable mobile coverage to qualify for the programme.
  • Vodafone will provide a successful applicant with an Open Sure Signal box similar in size to a ROSS unit so that both employees and visitors to the community hubs will be able to make and receive calls as well as use mobile data over a mini 3G network. For the technology to work a centre requires an existing broadband connection with unlimited broadband package, download speeds of at least 4Mbps download and 2Mbps upload speeds and a power source (normal 3-pin plug). The applicant will also require the broadband bill payer’s permission.
  • Further information and application details are available at vodafone.uk/CISS

Vodafone Home Broadband

  • Vodafone has removed line rental charges for new and upgrading fibre optic home broadband customers – they will still receive a landline and enjoy the benefits, but won’t have to pay a penny for it.
  • Vodafone’s Unlimited Fibre Broadband 38 is now the lowest price for unlimited fibre broadband in the UK market vs major broadband providers and best pricing has been reserved for existing mobile customers who will save an additional £3 per month.
  • All fibre broadband packages are unlimited and deliver high speed broadband across the UK.

For our most recent price comparisons, further details and terms see www.vodafone.co.uk/broadband

 

More

THE VODAFONE BIG TOP 40 GIVES ENFIELD SINGER-SONGWRITER HER BIG BREAK

Enfield local Kacey Chambers is celebrating after being named the next Vodafone Future Breakers winner, giving the unsigned singer-songwriter a fantastic opportunity to launch her budding music career. The Vodafone Future Breakers initiative, launched as part of the Vodafone Big Top 40 partnership with Global, has given Kacey the money-can’t-buy chance to record and produce her single ‘Let It Go’ with industry professionals, as well as her live studio session broadcast online with the Big Top 40.

 

Kacey first found her passion for music at a young age, before regularly performing in church, weddings and fashion shows. After studying music at college, she later started her own YouTube channel, creating original content for music videos with the support of her family. This culminated in playing local gigs, before finally being recognised as a Vodafone Future Breaker.

 

Taking inspiration from the likes of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, the 23 year old musician mainly produces tracks with a mixture of soul, pop and R&B: bringing something fresh to the music scene by combining both new and old styles of music. Kacey hopes this big break will be the stepping stone to something bigger, including writing, producing and releasing an EP very soon.

 

On her experience with Vodafone Future Breakers, Kacey commented: “It’s been amazing to record my song live in the studio. The best thing about being selected as a Vodafone Future Breaker is having my talent recognised and acknowledged. It’s a great platform to launch my career from and the whole experience has given me a taste of what could be achieved.”

 

Fronted by the Vodafone Big Top 40’s very own Marvin Humes, Vodafone Future Breakers is continuing the search for the very best unsigned talent from across the UK to uncover the next big thing in music. Listeners, budding artists, DJs and band members can still get involved and enter their tracks or videos through the dedicated hub where they could win a recording studio session with a top industry producer!

 

-ends-

 

Notes to editors:

 About The Big Top 40:

The Vodafone Big Top 40 is the UK’s number 1 chart show with 2.4 million listeners every week. It is presented by Marvin Humes and Kat Shoob, and produced by Global, the media & entertainment group.  The chart is the UK’s first real time chart show with the top 10 taken live from iTunes during the show.  Listeners across the UK can tune in on Sundays from 4pm across 130 radio stations, online at bigtop40.com and through the Big Top 40 app. Source: RAJAR / Ipsos-MORI / RSMB, period ending September 18th 2016.

  • Find out more about Vodafone Future Breakers and the Vodafone Big Top 40 here:

http://promo.bigtop40.com/breakers/home/

 

 

 

 

 

More

SMART FIRE ENGINES TO THE RESCUE THIS CHRISTMAS

The connected car came first, now the connected fire engine will be taking to the roads. Vehicles used by UK fire, rescue and emergency services just got smarter in time for the busy festive season thanks to Emergency One and Vodafone equipping them with the latest Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

Emergency One – the UK’s leading manufacturer of fire and special vehicles – today announced it is connecting its vehicles’ on-board computer consoles to Vodafone’s dedicated, 4G-enabled IoT network to help keep them working at all times.

Emergency One produces around 150 vehicles each year, which are used by 82 per cent of all UK fire and rescue services. The new system, which complements the current emergency radio system used by fire and rescue crews, will enable central command and fleet engineers to better track the location of individual vehicles – vital in remote areas or in situations where numerous engines are on route to an incident.

The Emergency One console, known as e1Fleet, can also relay essential onboard diagnostic information across Vodafone’s nationwide IoT network directly from the vehicle cab to fleet management and to Emergency One. This allows fire and rescue teams and Emergency One to remotely check a vehicle to ensure it is running smoothly: avoiding breakdowns at crucial times or costly repairs caused by exacerbating faults. As a result, the system is expected to save fire and rescue teams significant cost in maintenance charges over the life of the engines and speed up incident response times. Speed of travel and fuel consumption can also be monitored constantly to ensure all fire engines are running at their optimum level.

Elliot Boyce, project manager, Emergency One, said: “Teaming up with Vodafone, we are proud of our innovative e1Fleet Telematics System which is used by a number of fire and rescue services around the UK. We have full time software engineers along with electrical engineers working daily to improve this system for our customers.

“Our system has proved successful in allowing us to continually monitor the fire vehicles and provide a quick response to any issues that may arise. It assists the fire and rescue services with the crucial tasks that they perform all year round.”

Vodafone Group Director Internet of Things Ivo Rook added: “At a time of the year when accidental house fires unfortunately increase, we are delighted to be working with Emergency One to improve the efficiency and reliability of fire and rescue vehicles up and down the country to help people have a safe and happy Christmas.”

 

More
More Press Releases

What we do (8)

Network

We’re bringing 4G to new places and using pioneering technology to provide reliable coverage in rural not-spots. We’re upgrading our infrastructure with new masts, pumping mobile data through trains, tubes and some of the tallest buildings in the world, and a whole lot more besides... The network will always be the most important part of our business, and it’s constantly evolving.

More

Consumer Services

With our increased network coverage across the UK and a huge range of customer-focused products and services such as: our Network Satisfaction Guarantee which gives customers 30 days to try us, love us or leave us – with no strings attached; worry-free inclusive roaming across 40 destinations; and WorldTraveller for those travelling further afield there are plenty of reasons to get excited about what Vodafone UK has to offer. Find out more right here.

More

Business and the public sector

Let’s get down to business. The Vodafone network runs through the heart of thousands of UK companies, providing versatile enterprise solutions for small and big businesses, private and public alike. Here’s where you’ll find everything you need to know about globally-recognised services like OneNet, along with news on how we’re helping homegrown companies of all sizes flourish.

More
More

Downloads (155)

More Downloads