Historic Silchester village gets 3G by Vodafone ROSS

Tuesday, February 16th 2016

Silchester is the latest community to get 3G coverage for the first time, through Vodafone. The community in Hampshire, one of the oldest villages in UK, gets connected by the Rural Open Sure Signal (ROSS) programme of Vodafone. ROSS was launched in July of 2014 and now serves over 30 communities across the nation, from the mountains of Snowdonia to the Shetland Islands.

Plagued by unreliable mobile coverage in Silchester earlier, the ROSS unit now supports some 3,000 data sessions per day and an average of 30 mobile calls, according to Vodafone. The ROSS programme is part of Vodafone's nearly £2 billion spend on networking the country during 2014 and 2015. The programme incorporates HD Voice technology on 3G, the extension of its 4G network to cover 757 towns and cities and reaching thousands of other smaller communities. ROSS uses 'femtocell' technology to reach across where traditional means cannot be used by operators and to bring 3G signals to some 100 communities that are mobile not-spots.

Silchester has a history of having been occupied since the Iron Age. It houses one of Britain's best-preserved Roman Towns. The MP for North East , Ranil Jayawardena, said he believed everyone should have access to fast mobile coverage in th 21st century and lauded the availability of 3G and mobile internet to Sichester's residents.

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