Vodafone has taken a further step forward in its 4G LTE strategy by announcing 500,000 subscribers in the UK and extending roaming services to 18 countries.
The operator has hit the half million target six months after launching 4G LTE in August last year. Growth has picked up since the New Year given Vodafone said 370,000 had signed up by the end of December.
However, Vodafone still trails far behind rival EE, who announced last month that it had attracted two million subscribers since its launch in October 2012.
In its latest financial results, Vodafone said its 4G LTE network covers 36 percent of UK population. Further, customers on 4G LTE are using twice as much data as those on 3G.
Vodafone also announced that it will “soon” have the world’s largest 4G LTE roaming network when it enables the service in 18 countries from this summer as part of its €8.5 billion Project Spring investment programme.
The operator’s consumer and business customers will be able to use 4G LTE services for no more than the cost of existing 3G roaming services.
Vodafone UK CEO Jeroen Hoencamp commented: “4G is quickly changing the way the UK works. It’s making a huge impact on our corporate and public sector customers who really see the value of 4G connectivity.”
By this summer, the service will be available in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK.
In addition, Vodafone customers will be able to use 4G LTE networks of other telecoms operators in Austria, Belgium, France, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Switzerland.