Vodafone has announced a new initiative to offer better mobile signals for locals pubs in towns that might otherwise have rather poor signal.
Internet and mobile connections in rural towns in the UK are lagging far behind other towns and cities, despite government plans to tackle the problem. While some plans involve erecting new mobile towers, Vodafone is instead offering local building signal-boosting stations, which are called femtocells.
The plan is part of a partnership with rural pubs organisation Pub is the Hub, and will see Vodafone’s Premium Sure Signal femtocells in a number of select pubs. The femtocells will connect to existing broadband connections and provide 3G voice and data coverage.
The announcement comes at a time when mobile providers are racing to offer faster mobile signals in large cities and towns, focusing on that rather than on connecting those that aren’t already connected.