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Vodafone UK to Boost Indoor Mobile Signals for 100 Rural Communities

Thursday, July 7th, 2016 (10:50 am) - Score 1,347

Mobile operator Vodafone has today launched its new Community Indoor Sure Signal (CISS) project, which will use fixed line broadband connections to help deliver 3G mobile coverage to 100 rural community hubs (pubs, village halls etc.) where signal quality is usually weak or non-existent.

The somewhat stop-gap solution appears to build off Vodafone’s existing Rural Open Sure Signal (Femtocell) technology, which is being used to expand 3G network coverage across almost 100 isolated rural communities. But the ROSS programme still struggles with indoor coverage and that’s where the new scheme comes into play.

Under the CISS programme a community hub, such as a village pub, will be asked to plug one of Vodafone’s femtocell based Sure Signal+ (v2.2) devices into their fixed line broadband router and this then uses the broadband service in order to help relay a 3G mobile signal around the property. Vodafone has been selling this kit to customers for years, so it’s not a new idea.

Apparently a successful pilot has already taken place at The Bear and Ragged Staff pub in Bransford, near Worcester, and Vodafone is now calling for other rural community hubs with poor mobile reception to apply for the system by 1st September 2016. After this the operator intends to announce the first selected communities during autumn 2016.

Jorge Fernandes, Vodafone UK Chief Technology Officer, said:

“Reliable mobile coverage and mobile internet are vital to the economic and social well-being of rural communities. By installing our units, we can ensure that rural hotspots continue to play an important role in rural community life.”

Lynda Williams, The Bear and Ragged Staff, said:

“We are absolutely delighted with our Vodafone Sure Signal+ unit which is providing our business with excellent Vodafone mobile coverage. Being located in a rural area, this is something we have struggled with but Vodafone have provided us with a solution. It was extremely easy to install and within minutes we were connected to the world!”

However there is a catch, which is that the successful applicants will need to supply an unlimited fixed line broadband connection that can deliver download speeds of at least 4Mbps and uploads of 2Mbps (easier said than done for some of the most remote communities). Obviously this will suck some of your connection speed, although for many it might be a price worth paying.

Each indoor Sure Signal device should provide up to 50 metres of 3G coverage (note: building materials, such as thick walls, can impact this) and they make use of the 2100MHz band for the signal itself.

Naturally only Vodafone customers will be able to use the 3G coverage provided by Open Sure Signal and the operator hints that it might add support for 4G in the future, but this has yet to be confirmed and fixed lines would probably need to be even faster to support it.

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11 Responses
  1. Avatar DTMark says:

    We have access to four 4G networks here and so broadband speeds of 20 to 50 Meg in both directions are easily attainable. That’s with a modem sitting in an upstairs window boosted by an antenna.

    At the same time, inside the house, we have no reliable mobile voice service at all. No networks work downstairs, only one works upstairs. Sometimes.

    Landline is VOIP over any of the above networks and it’s flawless.

    I’d like a solution which extends mobile *voice* – data is fine.. I can’t help thinking that a trick is being missed here. EE can fly along at rip-speed for data with a five bar signal, but, no voice.. can’t these be “joined up” somehow..

  2. Avatar Chris says:

    My attempt at a text Venn diagram to demonstrate why this seems poorly thought out…

    (Areas with 2Mbps upload ((Niche)) (Areas with no Vodafone 3G signal)

    1. Avatar DTMark says:

      That too.

      Wouldn’t the customers in a pub prefer to connect to the Wi-Fi than to 3G?

      If the fixed-line is supplying the data, then the 3G from the router can’t be any faster, can it..

      It would work in our local pub where the ADSL upload is circa 256kbps. 3G would outperform that.

      Except it wouldn’t would it, because it needs 8x that upstream speed to work at all.

    2. Avatar JustAnotherFileServer says:

      With only a range of 50m, I think WIFI would be a better option and considering there is already apps available that can use WIFI for calls and texts

    3. Avatar New_Londoner says:

      Wifi is the better option anyway as not limited to Voda customers.

  3. Avatar Stephen says:

    Can you get any aerials for bringing 4G indoors?
    02/Vodafone are soon to build a 4G mast on a hill approx 4 miles away but with direct line of sight to my house. I expect the outdoor signal may be good but not sure if I will be able to get anything indoors.

  4. Avatar Stephen says:

    Excellent, thank you very much for the link, I will take a look.

  5. Avatar Michael says:

    How are you going to connect the output from the aerial to your phone ?.

    1. Avatar DTMark says:

      You don’t. You connect it to a dedicated 3G/4G modem.

  6. Avatar Michael says:

    I see via the modem with the outside aerial, does it the send out a 3G/4G femtocell signal inside the property ?.

    We have a free ‘EE’ signal box and that works well even with our slow broadband >3Mbps download.

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