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Villages Encouraged to Apply for 3G Scheme

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12:02pm 13th August 2014

Residents in mobile phone black spots are being urged to apply for a scheme to bring 3G to their villages.

The Vodafone Rural Open Sure Signal programme provides units which can be placed on top of buildings or hills, and will use existing broadband connections.

The scheme was successfully trialled in nearby Cranborne, and Vodafone have decided to roll it out to 100 more villages across the country.

Bob Walter, MP for North Dorset, said: "This new technology will enable businesses, residents and visitors to make and receive mobile telephone calls from previous black-spot areas. This can improve the lives of the residents tremendously and help re-vitalise rural communities that were previously isolated because of the lack of mobile phone coverage.

"The project has already helped my constituents and will continue to deliver more practical solutions to rural areas affected by signal blackouts. The only down side with this particular technology is that it requires a solid broadband connection to work - something that remains a challenge for some parts of North and East Dorset."

Communities are asked to elect a 'Village Champion' to represent them in the application process. More information can be found at www.vodafone.co.uk/rural.

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