Vodafone picks up L-Band spectrum to boost 4G

Vodafone picks up L-Band spectrum to boost 4G

Vodafone has announced that it has spent £200 million to pick up Qualcomm's L-Band spectrum in a move that is set to improve its 4G coverage and speeds.

Along with rival firm Three UK, Vodafone's deal for the L-Band spectrum is still subject to approval from industry regulator Ofcom, but could see it take control of 20MHz, while Three will take over the remaining 20MHz.

Qualcomm said the move would help both operators meet the growing demand for increased mobile data traffic.

A Vodafone spokesman said: "L-Band will complement Vodafone’s existing low-frequency 800MHz spectrum which travels further and penetrates better through walls than other higher frequency 4G signals.

"Over time, Vodafone intends to combine the spectrum with 800MHz using a new technology called 4G+, also referred to as Carrier Aggregation, to deliver theoretical peak download speeds up to three times faster than standard 4G."

The news is likely to ease concerns over whether Vodafone would hit its ambitious target of achieving 98 per cent coverage before the end of the year.

A Vodafone spokesperson told Mobile News earlier in the month that Vodafone's £1 billion investment last year on its network served as evidence to its dedication on improving its network.

But they also warned: “We are also very aware that in certain areas of the UK it may be more difficult to deliver the level of coverage our customers expect. This could be due to a number of reasons, such as the geography of the area and difficulties in finding sites following discussions with potential landlords.”