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Vodafone chooses Cumbrian village for mobile broadband trial

Wednesday, October 3rd 2012
Vodafone is set to launch its Open Femto trial in the Cumbrian village of Witherslack.
Vodafone chooses Cumbrian village for mobile broadband trial
A village in south Cumbria has been chosen to take part in a national trial of super-fast broadband.

Residents in Witherslack are set to benefit from improved mobile broadband connectivity after the village was named as one of 12 communities to be involved in Vodafone's Open Femto pilot scheme, reports the Westmorland Gazette.

The village, which currently has limited broadband access, was one of 100 locations across the UK to apply for the project.

Villagers will be able to connect to the web when they are within range of femtocells, which will be fitted to the top of telegraph poles and payphones.

South Lakes MP Tim Farron said Vodafone had chosen Witherslack for the trial after becoming aware of the "huge" local demand for mobile broadband connectivity.

"What is even more crucial for Cumbria's growth is that we work in partnership with the government, the telephone companies and Ofcom to make good internet and mobile coverage the norm," he added.

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