Tarbert is first Scottish village to get Vodafone’s 3G broadband on ROSS

Vodafone has announced that Tarbert on the Isle of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides, is the first Scottish community to receive 3G mobile broadband signals using ROSS. ROSS or Rural Open Sure Signal, is Vodafone’s answer to reach rural communities or not-spots, using fixed line broadband connection to boost 3G mobile signals outdoors.

This broadband service on ‘femtocell’ technology by Vodafone, is cheaper to deploy than building new and expensive transmission masts. Vodafone aims to reach a total of 100 communities and roll-out has already reached a few places despite lack of good fixed line connections, which is also causing some upgrades to be deferred. The company aims to to deploy more new sites, but at 1 or 2 sites per week, up to March next year. Besides this the company is investing around 2 billion to expand its network across UK over 2014-15.

Jorge Fernandes, CTO at Vodafone UK, says he is delighted that Tarbert has joined their ROSS programme and they stay committed to investing to provide access to locations otherwise nearly impossible to reach.

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