Vodafone 4G reaches 4.7 million UK customers

Vodafone 4G reaches 4.7 million UK customers

Vodafone has announced that its 4G service is now serving 4.7 million customers across the UK.

The Newbury-based operator has seen its level of coverage substantially increase from the three million customers recorded in May, gaining by five cent per cent to cover 68 per cent of the UK population when compared to the previous quarter.

The company reported a strong performance in its business and consumer mobile operations, despite revenue slipping by 0.3 per cent to £1.4 billion.

Vodafone's 4G service is already a key part of its overall business plan, reaching out to 24.1 million customers around the world, with ambitions of reaching an average European coverage of 90 per cent.

Those ambitions are likely to be welcomed by UK businesses currently signed up to the company's 4G services in the UK.

Vodafone's 'Project Spring' investment programme will see the creation of 80,000 mobile sites across a number of markets, as well as 47,000 new 3G sites and 26,000 2G sites.

The company's chief executive officer Vittorio Colao said that solid momentum in emerging markets had ensured that its European operations returned to growth.

He added: “We continue to hit our Project Spring build milestones and customers are beginning to value the improvement in service.

“Our other key growth areas – unified communications and enterprise – are performing strongly, benefiting from the increased capabilities and footprint that our higher levels of investment are delivering."

But he went on to claim that all of Vodafone's markets remained "highly competitive" and that the company therefore had to remained focused on staying efficient and provide value for customers.