Vodafone is giving 100 rural communities across the UK the opportunity to have mobile access using its Sure Signal technology.
Communities will have to work together, in partnership with their local MP, to apply for the installation of Vodafone’s Open Sure Signal technology in their villages to bring Vodafone 3G mobile coverage to their area.
Vodafone’s initial Rural Open Sure Signal trial has seen the connection of 12 rural communities across the UK, from Walls in the Shetland Islands to Newton St Cyres in Devon.
Vodafone Open Sure Signal uses ‘femtocell’ technology to provide a Vodafone 3G signal in areas where traditional mobile coverage has been unable to reach.
The Rural Open Sure Signal not only enables Vodafone 3G voice services, but also provides the community with much needed access to the internet via their mobile.
About the size of a domestic broadband box and in a range of colours (white/grey/brown), the units use existing broadband services to deliver the Vodafone 3G mobile signal.
The units can be installed on any number of buildings including village halls, pubs, shops and homes across the community to ensure widespread mobile coverage.
Jeroen Hoencamp, Vodafone UK Chief Executive, said: “This is an opportunity for people to make a real difference to their community and to be part of our commitment to close the digital divide between rural and urban areas.
“Bringing mobile coverage and mobile internet to rural areas gives communities a real boost – both economically and socially," he added.
Applications for the Rural Open Sure Signal programme close on 14 October 2014 with the first communities to be connected by the end of the year. For more information on the programme and how to apply visit www.vodafone.co.uk/rural.
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