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Vodafone promises to switch on new 4G site 'every 30 minutes'

Vodafone promises to switch on new 4G site 'every 30 minutes
"To Trafalgar Square! They need 4G!"
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Vodafone has confirmed that it will be switching on a new 4G mast every 30 minutes as it seeks to push out its new superfast signal.

The Big Red Network was joint second to bring the new next-gen signal to the UK, along with O2, but some users have been checking the coverage tracker and been dismayed to note they can't get the 4G they're paying for.

However, we spoke to Vodafone about this, and it says the 'planned coverage' element of the map (which promises a much more plentiful supply of 4G signal, both inside and outdoors) will be landing sooner that people think.

The engines cannae take it, Cap'n...

A spokesperson for Vodafone said that a new site will be being turned on every 30 minutes, in order to make sure it's able to offer the 4G signal to as many people as possible.

The spokesperson also told us that the network had thousands of people already signed up to its 4G plans before launch, thanks to the upgraded data and Spotify or Sky Sports services bundled in.

o2 Map

Intriguingly, despite sharing sites across the UK, O2 and Vodafone's 4G coverage maps are telling different stories across the capital, with O2 seeming to have a greater coverage penetration despite not having the best 'type' of 4G (800MHz) for inner city use.

We've spoken to O2 to find out just how fast it's managing to pull those big metal plungers (showering the room with sparks and causing people to duck… which is how we assume it's happening) to get 4G turned on as fast as possible across the UK.

Gareth Beavis
Gareth Beavis


Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.