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4G installed in beachfront phone boxes in Cornwall

4G installed in beachfront phone boxes in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:37am 17th April 2019. (Updated at 11:50am 17th April 2019)

4G is being installed in beach front phone boxes in Cornwall so people can get faster internet.

Vodafone is rolling the technology out in Polzeath and Sennen Cove over Easter.

The company says mobile coverage can often be difficult to provide in remote areas and coastal locations due to the local topography and the lack of power and fibre cables needed to link up masts.

Now it says it is looking at new ways of providing customers with great coverage, including by installing 4G technology into traditional phone boxes, returning them to their roots.

Beach-goers will be able to use their smartphones on Vodafone’s ‘4G from a phone box’ service within approximately a 200-metre radius.

They can also make use of Vodafone’s range of connected devices, including the V-Pet Tracker to help you pinpoint a dog that has wandered off.

"Improved mobile coverage in rural areas helps the local economy, keeps people connected, and above all, offers reassurance at times when you just have to make that call. But it can be challenging to deliver.

"That is why we are in the final stages of presenting to Government our industry-wide blueprint for improving mobile coverage.

"It is also why we are looking at innovative ways of extending coverage, such as making use of phone boxes."

Vodafone UK Chief Technology Officer Scott Petty

Vodafone is working on a number of initiatives to help support the Government’s ambition of extending mobile coverage to 95% of UK landmass by 2022.

In addition to drawing up industry-wide proposals to create a single rural network to cover not spots and partial not spots, last year, Vodafone achieved an industry first by installing the UK’s first mini mobile mast at Porthcurno.

The Cornish 4G-enabled phone boxes are equipped to cope with the increase in mobile usage over the Easter break and over the summer months.

During the heatwave in 2018, the network in Cornwall carried nearly 90% more mobile Internet traffic than the previous year.

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