Vodafone to roll out 4G to Channel Tunnel

Vodafone to roll out 4G to Channel Tunnel

Vodafone customers will soon be able to access superfast 4G networks while travelling under the sea through the Eurotunnel.

The announcement will see the company go up against rival network EE, with both firms having agreed a ten-year agreement to offer the service to onboard customers.

While confirming the news, Vodafone claimed that the quality of coverage available to users will be similar to that available above ground in Paris or London.

There is sure to be a great deal of interest in the service, with around 20 million people estimated to take the 35-minute journey through the tunnel every year on either Eurostar or Le Shuttle .

There is also no need for anyone to worry about disruption to existing services, as the infrastructure for the service has already been put in place.

Access will be initially be limited to 2G and 3G coverage and will be rolled out in March, but 4G coverage will not be far behind, with a summer release date currently being touted.

The move arguably reflects the increased need for connectivity on the move, no matter where it happens to be, a belief that has coincided with a greater emphasis being placed on the concept of mobile working.

It is the latest move to expand Vodafone's 4G network, which was first set up in August of last year.

Since its launch, it has extended its services to a number of cities, including London, Bradford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

Although the company has not yet given any exact details on the numbers of people choosing the service, it has previously claimed that it wants to reach out to approximately 98 per cent of the population by 2015.

As well as competing with EE, which was the first company to implement superfast mobile broadband in the UK, Vodafone is also going up against O2 and 3.