Today, I welcomed news that Vodafone is to begin rollout of 4G in Flint this week whilst also making improvement to 3G services.
The arrival of this new service to Flint means that all Vodafone customers, with compatible devices and bundles, will be able to connect to the internet more quickly and reliably in Flint. 4G services will also help businesses as it will enable them to stay connected to a reliable and quick internet service, making them more efficient and more able to react to customers’ demands on an ad-hoc basis.
4G will enable Vodafone customers to take advantage of a wide range of entertainment, offering music, sport, movies and TV through Vodafone’s leading content partnerships.
Vodafone has so far invested £2 billion since 2014 and expects to spend another £2 billion over the next three years.
This is excellent news. At last we are getting the investment into our mobile services that we so desperately need. Rural communities, such as ours, have been left behind for too long whilst urban areas get the benefits of ever improving technology.
But I am still concerned by the stubborn not-spots that remain in Flintshire. The UK Government and mobile phone providers should be working harder to ensure that we have universal coverage.
With broadband rollout by the Government continuing to move at a snail’s pace, more and more businesses and households have to rely upon mobile devices for internet connections. I know of hundreds of businesses in Delyn that want to exploit the internet, but the lack of stable connection is holding them back.
I now want to see other mobile phone operators following Vodafone, and for the UK Government to support them. Digital connectivity is vital for everyday life and leaving Flintshire behind is bad for households, jobs and businesses.