Vodafone launches programme to connect rural communities to 3G

Vodaphone have newly launched the Rural Open Sure Programme, which aims to provide 100 rural communities across the UK, with little or no mobile coverage, the opportunity to apply to have Vodafone 3G mobile coverage in their area.

The Rural Open Sure Signal pilot programme has already connected 12 communities, from Walls in the Shetland Islands to Newton St Cyres in Devon. As a result, these communities are now able to make calls and use good quality mobile internet, and local businesses can stay in touch with customers much more effectively.

Lots of rural communities sit in areas with geographical challenges, meaning signal from our masts can’t reach them.  Some of these communities, along with many national parks and trusts, don’t like the idea of a big mast on their land, but Open Sure Signal is much smaller and more discreet – the ideal solution to blackspots in your rural location.

If you feel your community may benefit from this programme, Vodafone are now inviting communities to nominate a Village Champion to lead the application process, and ensure that the community has a number of things in place before submitting their application form.

The closing date for applications is 14th October 2014.  More information can be found on the Vodaphone website.