Great news: Vodafone’s secured the widest range of spectrum in Ofcom’s auction to support our ultra-fast 4G service, including the low frequency mobile phone spectrum that will strengthen our indoor coverage for customers.

We’ve spent £790 million to ensure our 4G network will work how you want it to in the places where you need it. In the principal phase of the auction of mobile phone spectrum run by Ofcom, we’ve picked up a third of the crucial low frequency spectrum (800MHz) as well as more higher-frequency spectrum to boost our existing network.


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Vodafone UK’s chief executive Guy Laurence had this to say on hearing the news:

“We’ve secured the low frequency mobile phone spectrum that will support the launch of our ultra-fast 4G service later this year. It will enable us to deliver services where people really want it, especially indoors. This is great news for our customers. The next generation of mobile internet services will bring real benefits to both consumers and businesses.”

What does this news mean for you?

When we launch later this year, our phone signal will be stronger and more reliable in the places you want to use it most. Our signal will travel further into your home than any 4G signal that’s available now, all things being equal. And we’ll be in many more places through our commitment to provide coverage using 2G, 3G or 4G services to 98% of the UK population.

“We’ve already introduced a great range of 4G-ready handsets, and there are more on the way.”

We’re getting closer to the launch of our ultra-fast 4G service later this year and our preparations are now really starting to pick up pace. We’ve already introduced a great range of 4G-ready handsets, and there are more on the way, including the HTC One in March.

Our 4G service will launch on a city-by-city basis and the network will be underpinned by our 20,500km fibre network. No other mobile operator owns this much, and that means we can control our quality of service in a way other mobile networks can’t. The roll out of our ultra-fast 4G service is all part of the £1.8m we invest every day on our network to bring you coverage where it matters to you.

Why 4G?

4greadyWhy is 4G such a big deal? It’s a real step up. When you’re browsing the internet, using apps and email, Vodafone 4G will give you ultra-fast speed when you’re out and about. That means faster downloads, especially for pictures and videos – a zippy online experience on the go. Follow the match live, keep up-to-date with breaking news, and watch the latest viral clips as soon as you hear about them.

And today’s great news is another important milestone on the road to bringing you Vodafone 4G later this year.

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  • Tom Rushton

    This is fantastic news! Will definitely be sticking with Vodafone now, don’t see how anybody else will be able to better their coverage offering.

  • Have you a target date for launch? And also what about prices?

  • Tim Jones

    Nicely written article and in plain English, thanks!

  • Hi David, we’ve got no specific date yet, but we’ll be launching later this year. We’ll bring you more news on that, and prices, when we have it.

  • Hi will this be available for the Iphone 5?

  • JM

    Never mind 4G, when are Voda planning on offering 3G? Even Voda 2G goes down on a regular basis….pathetic really.

  • Ann Singer

    Vodafone has bid almost £800 million in the 4G auction which should give them the strongest 4G coverage amongst all the networks. Cant see any reason for leaving Vodafone for another mobile provider now.

    • Nabs

      I daresay this will be money well spent!

  • Thats Great News 🙂 New to Vodafone…Happy with calls and texts(as compared to my previous texts) but not too happy with 3g as it gets messy at places.Still happy on the whole,looking out for 4G.Hope pricing isn’t as bad as EE 🙂

  • Hi Stuart, the 4G spectrum bands made available through the Ofcom auction are not supported by the iPhone 5.

  • what are vodaphone doing to people whos got a 4g ready phone but upgraded to the phone on a 3g network. because of wasn’t available to them at the time.

  • Daniel Ford

    Sounds great but any idea when 3G & 2G in the City of London is going to be fixed? At present I have a 4G phone but cannot receive any internet connection whatsoever (no there is nothing wrong with the phone; its the network, plenty of other posts online confirm this) Also are you sharing 2G/3G with O2 from April? If so that would solve the problem & explain why O2 decided not to bid too much for 4G……

    • Hi Daniel, we’re continually looking at ways to improve our coverage and we’ll bring you more news when we have it.

  • Gary Cameron

    Please improve the signal where I live, the postcode is [deleted] and it is so bad it renders my phone non existent whilst I am at home.

  • norm

    hi, i have a iphone5 and on a pay monthly sim only plan with vodaphone, will i get 4G

    • Hi, thanks for the question. We’re afraid the 4G spectrum bands made available through the Ofcom auction are not supported by the iPhone 5.

  • Paul Butt

    I have an unlocked iPhone which has Vodafone as my provider will I still be able to access 4G on it

  • T Brownstone

    Hi guys, any idea when the 4G launch date will be, as it is time for me to renew my contract but I am not prepared to sign up for another 2 years until I at least know the prices of the 4G contracts that I could have instead…

  • Hi T, we’ve not announced dates yet, but we’ll be adding more news here as soon as we have it!

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