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Vodafone 4G Now Available In 233 Towns And Cities

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Vodafone 4G is now available in metropolises such as Maidstone, Gateshead and Huddersfield

Vodafone 4G is now available in 233 towns and cities across the UK and will be available in Swindon on 22 May.

The operator has quietly been adding more locations since its LTE network went live last August in ten major cities across the UK and has secured more than 500,000 4G subscribers to the service.

Parts of East and West Sussex, Greater Manchester, Inner London, Kent, Surrey, Tyne & Wear, West Midlands and West Yorkshire have been added, with Brighton, Watford, Maidstone, Gateshead, Sunderland and Huddersfield among the major towns to be added.

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Vodafone headquarters germany © Joe Dejvice ShutterstockHowever it is worth noting that Vodafone has not revealed too many specific locations, raising the possibility that it has bulked the list up by including multiple settlements within or alongside large conurbations. For example, Vodafone appears to count Brighton and Hove as separate locations despite their proximity and also distinguishes between Gateshead and Jarrow.

In contrast EE claims to have 200 towns and cities covered by its 4G network and to cover 72 percent of the UK population with LTE as it appears to be stricter about what constitutes a 4G settlement. Indeed, any of the locations EE claims is a 4G location must have at least 80 percent coverage before it can be considered fully connected.

O2 claims it has 191 towns and cities covered by its 4G network but just 33 percent indoor coverage and 41 percent outdoors, making it likely it is bulking up this figure in a similar fashion to Vodafone.

4G rollout forms a significant part of Vodafone’s £1 billion investment into its UK network, which will see its 2G, 3G and 4G infrastructure upgraded and 150 new shops opened, creating 1,400 jobs. The Newbury, Berkshire based firm recently celebrated  the 30th anniversary of the Vodafone brand and plans to invest £19 billion across all of its worldwide networks in the next two years.

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