Another Shared Rural Network mast goes up.

The Peak District is, without doubt, a beautiful place. However, getting a phone signal in such a scenic and protected area is pretty tricky. However, with to government pushing for mobile networks to work together more, 4G mobile coverage in rural Longnor is now available via Vodafone.

As part of the UK Shared Rural Network initiative, Vodafone have used an existing O2 site to provide coverage there. It follows the first site in Devauden. O2 and Vodafone are now working together to bring coverage to remote UK communities, which means residents won’t need to have new masts dug into the ground and they’ll get a greater choice of networks to use.

The Shared Rural Network is a £1bn joint initiative between Government and the UK’s four mobile network operators to extend 4G coverage to 95% of the UK landmass.

Scott Petty, Chief Technology Officer at Vodafone UK, told us…

The cost of connecting rural hard-to-reach parts of the country has meant that some communities don’t have a choice of network providers. The Shared Rural Network initiative changes that.

We have been able to work closely with O2 to use their existing site to provide additional 4G coverage for Longnor. This will mean we can give people living and working in remote locations across the UK a choice of networks, and that a rural postcode is no longer a barrier to connectivity.