Vodafone has been upgrading its network all year as part of a planned $1 billion upgrade to persuade customers that, contrary to recent experience, its mobile network can be trusted. In its latest update on its progress, it says that more than 900 sites have now been upgraded to run its faster 850MHz network.
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Not all of Vodafone’s upgrades will convert sites to the newer 850MHz service; some merely replace existing equipment to try and boost reliability. The upgrade process isn’t due to finish until June next year at the earliest:
900 sites are now live in new the 850MHz network built for smartphones and data, and 2,000 sites in the existing network have been replaced with new equipment. By the middle of next year there will be 1,500 sites in the new 850MHz network and 8,000 sites where equipment has been replaced.
Vodafone also says that call drop out rates in metropolitan areas have fallen to below 0.5 per cent. If you’re still a Vodafone customer, has your experience improved in the last few months? Tell us in the comments.