Heriot shortlisted for Vodafone Rural Open Sure Signal programme
Vodafone UK has announced that Heriot is one of 100 rural mobile not-spot communities to be shortlisted for 3G coverage under its Rural Open Sure Signal programme.
The community currently suffers from unreliable mobile coverage and slow network speeds. With the installation of Vodafone’s innovative Sure Signal technology, the company says the community will benefit from high-quality 3G voice services, and much needed access to the internet via mobile devices, contributing positively to business and everyday life.
The names of the latest communities shortlisted to join the Rural Open Sure Signal 100 programme were announced today. Vodafone will now start working on a full assessment of the application with the Village Champions, with the service expected to go live this year.
The Rural Open Sure Signal 100 programme is a national initiative by Vodafone UK, launched in July 2014, with support from local MPs, councils and rural action groups. The programme has received an overwhelming response from around the country.
Jeroen Hoencamp, Vodafone UK Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted Heriot has been shortlisted as one of our 100 ROSS communities and I’m excited about the transformation this pioneering programme could bring to the community. The communities who have worked with us to introduce Open Sure Signal have all told us how life has improved markedly – from the ability to make an appointment at the local doctor to telling their families they are running late for lunch. We are committed to investing hugely in our network, and using innovative technologies such as Sure Signal to provide coverage to rural communities means we can reach areas where it’s been impossible to reach using traditional means.”