We're looking to bring our pioneering open Sure Signal tech to 100 new rural communities in the UK. Could you help bring reliable signal to your hometown?
We’ve talked about some of the challenges of bringing mobile services to certain parts of the country in the past. There are numerous reasons for this – the lay of the land and planning restrictions being just two – but it’s not always impossible if you have the right tech.
Our initial Rural Open Sure Signal trials have been running in rural communities up and down the UK over the last couple of years, and that’s given us a chance to understand more about how to get the most out of the technology.
Now we’re opening up an exciting new programme to offer 100 more rural communities the chance to get connected. The best part? Your community can apply to be part of the programme. Read on for all the details…
Connecting the signal not-spots
Places that sit in geographical basins, have very small populations or where (due to planning restrictions or legal considerations) we can’t put radio antennas, are very difficult to reach with traditional mobile kit. That’s why we developed Open Sure Signal – to take a different approach.
Using a more powerful version of the same technology found in our home Sure Signal devices, we’ve been able to bring 3G coverage to 12 UK villages in our initial trial. Cranborne in Dorset was one of the first to feel the benefit, and you can read all about how we made a difference there by clicking the link below:
How do you bring mobile signal to a place where there is none? Easy: all you need is a bit of tech wizardry and the help of the local community…
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“Several times a day I would have to drive out of Cranborne,” says local pub Landlady Jane Gould, “and go up to a lay-by to get a connection. I’d then receive copious messages that had backed up without signal.” But thanks to Open Sure Signal, all that’s changed.
So how does it work? Open Sure Signal uses subtle, small antennas that can be dotted around the local area, bringing 3G to signal not-spots and letting people make calls and access the mobile web on their phones and tablets. And the good news is that your community could be next to feel the benefit…
Rural Open Sure Signal – the only signal in the village
Our new Rural Open Sure Signal programme (#ROSS100) will see our Open Sure Signal boxes deployed in 100 rural communities across the UK, enabling people in those places to benefit from this potentially life-changing tech. And, as it’s a community-led initiative, it’s up to the people in each town or village to rally together and apply with the help of a volunteer ‘community champion’.
“It could be you that helps bring our 3G mobile signal to your rural community…”
That means that if you live in a mobile signal not-spot area and think it’s time for a change, it could be you that helps bring our 3G mobile signal to your rural community.
For all of the details on how to apply, just head to vodafone.co.uk/rural.
Applications for Rural Open Sure Signal close on 14 October 2014, and we’ll begin rolling the tech out to the first of our chosen locations by the end of the year. Good luck!