Vodafone claims 100,000 4G customers, extends LTE coverage

UK operator Vodafone says it will extend 4G services to Liverpool, Glasgow and Manchester this month and claims to have signed up more than 100,000 customers since it began offering the service in late August.

The company plans to switch on its 4G network in Liverpool on October 17, activate services in Glasgow on October 24 and add Manchester to the list soon after that.

Last month, Vodafone (Newbury, UK) launched 4G services in the cities of Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield, having made services available in London in late August.

UK operator Vodafone says it will extend 4G services to Liverpool, Glasgow and Manchester this month and claims to have signed up more than 100,000 customers since it began offering the service in late August.

The company plans to switch on its 4G network in Liverpool on October 17, activate services in Glasgow on October 24 and add Manchester to the list soon after that.

Last month, Vodafone (Newbury, UK) launched 4G services in the cities of Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield, having made services available in London in late August.

The operator says that more than 100,000 customers have signed up to one of its Red 4G-ready plans.

Chief rival EE (Hatfield, UK) recently claimed to have signed up one million 4G customers over a ten-month period, but it enjoyed a monopoly in the LTE market until both Vodafone and Telefonica (Slough, UK) launched competing offers in last August.

Vodafone is trying to differentiate itself by allowing its 4G customers to access Sky Sports and Spotify services as part of the 4G deal, with EE touting the speed advantage it enjoys courtesy of its superior spectrum position.

Even so, Vodafone holds twice as much spectrum as EE in the 800MHz band, which is highly suited to providing coverage in less densely populated communities and inside buildings, and the operator was keen to draw attention to this in its latest update.

“Because of the 800MHz spectrum we’re using, everywhere that Vodafone 4G goes, good indoor signal goes,” said the company in its statement.

The use of lower-frequency spectrum should also help Vodafone to close the gap on EE, which now claims to cover about 60% of the UK population with its 4G network.

Vodafone aims to provide LTE services to 98% of the country by 2015.