Vodafone to increase 4G speeds in London, Manchester and Birmingham

Vodafone to increase 4G speeds in London, Manchester and Birmingham

Mobile working has become one of the most popular business trends in the UK, with connection speeds now faster than ever.

The rise of 4G has meant that smartphone users are now benefiting from internet speeds akin to that of the superfast broadband found in fixed systems.

Competition within the industry has been fierce, with several firms aiming to win over customers first subjected to the offering of 4G leaders EE.

One firm that has made great progress in this area is Vodafone, which has already attracted a number of commercial and personal customers.

And the firm is showing no sign of slowing down, announcing that it is about to swell its 4G further by implementing carrier aggregation technology, also known as LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), to combine its 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum.

The company claims the move will help it offer speeds three-times faster than current services that use only 800MHz band, which carries a high range but not as much capacity than the 2.6GHz band. This makes it ideal for indoor coverage and rural areas, but is as effective in high-density towns and cities.

The combination of the two bands, LTE-A, is being referred to by the company as 4.5G, and will soon be available in Birmingham, London and Manchester, while other locations are also in the pipeline.

Fergal Kelly, Vodafone technology director, said: "This clever technology is the next big step to deliver faster speeds per user and to increase the capacity so more customers can enjoy a great 4G experience when and where they want it."

As well as increasing speeds in the UK, Vodafone is also taking steps to expand across Europe, enabling 4G roaming in 23 countries, launching in Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain earlier this year. It means that the benefits of mobile working enjoyed by businesses across the UK could soon be mirrored on the continent.