Vodafone’s 4G continues to expand

Vodafone’s 4G continues to expand

Vodafone has announced that its 4G network is now available in the city of Manchester, a development that will allow locals to access data transfer rates that are "six times faster" than those it offers over 3G.

The rollout, which initially went live last Thursday (31 October 2013), comes a month after the 4G connectivity was brought to other cities, such as Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield.

One of the latest cities to have witnessed the rollout of 4G was Glasgow, where the service made its Scottish debut, although the capital Edinburgh is set to follow in its footsteps on November 21st, as part of the firm's ambition to achieve coverage of 98 per cent population.

Vodafone's extension of the service in Scotland has caused much excitement in the business sector, with the network claiming that superfast mobile broadband can play a significant role in helping a host of companies north of the border.

It claims that its increased availability will help to boost the economies of both Glasgow and Edinburgh by £61 million and £49 million per year respectively.

Despite Vodafone's advancements in Scotland's 4G network, it has still attracted criticism for neglecting 2G and 3G coverage.

However, it has announced that it intends to address this situation by providing extra investment in both services.

MSP Nicola Sturgeon backed Vodafone's announcement, claiming that it would allow Scotland to realise its vision of becoming a world-leading digital nation by 2020.

She said: "The launch of Vodafone's 4G service will allow businesses in Glasgow and Edinburgh to work faster and more effectively.

"It also gives the people of Glasgow and Edinburgh the opportunity to access and share more data."

Advances are also being made in London, with recent findings from Rootmetrics suggesting that 4G speeds have doubled in the capital since the launch two months ago.

One of the most positive pieces of information that arose from the research was the fact that Vodafone's 4G offering was faster than that of rival firm O2, boasting download speeds of 9.5Mbps and upload speeds of 4.7Mbps compared to 7.1Mbps and 3.7Mbps.