One of the problems with not living near a big city or town is that mobile signal has a tendency to be rather sketchy, and getting yourself a reliable data connection can be tricky. That’s why Vodafone is expanding 3G signal into rural areas.
The network is investing £1 billion into its Rural Open Sure Programme that will boost the 3G signals to over 100 rural communities across the UK, starting with Minchinhampton in the Cotswolds. Open Sure Signal units are being installed around the town to boost the coverage for Vodafone customers.
Vodafone CEO Jeroen Hoencamp said:
“Mobile connectivity is an essential service for communities and businesses to thrive in today’s digital world and support local economies. I am delighted to announce Minchinhampton as the first of the 100 communities we will light up.”
It seems rather strange that in the age of high-speed 4G certain areas still struggle to get a reliable 3G signal, but it certainly beats having no mobile data at all.