Vodafone rolls out 5G coverage to Rochdale

Date published: 17 January 2020

Vodafone has rolled out its 5G coverage to more places in the UK, including Rochdale.

Customers can now use the faster, more reliable and responsive 5G service in more than 100 places in the UK and other European countries.

In addition to Rochdale, the latest locations include Belfast, Edinburgh and Leeds, plus Cheadle and Stockport in Greater Manchester.

MediaCity, Salford is the location of Vodafone’s first digital test bed and is now being used by more than 100 application developers and start-ups. Belfast, Edinburgh and Leeds are also thriving technology cities with mobile data usage in each location growing by more than 90% over the last two years.

The arrival of 5G meets future demand and means more customers can experience Wi-Fi-like speeds on the move with almost no buffering or time lag.

Short for the ‘fifth generation’ wireless mobile network, 5G is the next generation of mobile network technology.

5G is up to 10 times faster than the currently used 4G.

With 5G you can expect:

  • Much higher download and upload speeds
  • Lower latency (the time it takes for a service to respond)
  • Far greater capacity, enabling many more people to get a signal even in very crowded areas, such as football stadia and railway stations.

Vodafone also offers 5G roaming in five locations in the Republic of Ireland. 5G roaming already covers Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK as part of Vodafone’s 5G roll-out.

Vodafone UK Chief Executive Officer Nick Jeffery said: “The expansion of Vodafone’s 5G network in Greater Manchester underlines our commitment to providing this key regional powerhouse with the latest digital connectivity based on a converged full-fibre and mobile infrastructure.

“We have started the new year as we mean to go on. We now offer 5G in double the number of places than our nearest rival and we have significantly boosted the capacity of our network. It is ready for the arrival in 2020 of some great new 5G handsets and the next big software release bringing ultra-low latency. Together, these will push 5G to the next level.”

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