Vodafone unveils largest 4G international roaming

Vodafone Australia has announced it will switch on 4G international roaming mid-year allowing its customers to be the first to experience ultra-fast access to Vodafone networks in NZ, UK and Europe at no further cost.

Following the introduction of $5-a-day Red plans providing international roaming to more than 40 countries, Vodafone is again leading the industry by providing customers access to the largest 4G international roaming network.

Benoit Hanssen, chief technology officer, Vodafone Australia said this was yet another step in Vodafone’s ambitious network strategy, which is driven by delivering an ever-improving customer experience.

Hanssen said the company’s advantage was due to being connected to one of the world’s largest mobile companies. “Vodafone Australia is in an enviable position with the largest global network at its fingertips and therefore at the fingertips of its customers,” added Hanssen.

Customers will be able to download music, update facebook and use their data while roaming on Vodafone’s super-fast 4G in NZ, UK and Europe by mid-year, with more countries to be added later.

Hanssen said, “To extend access so customers can continue to enjoy super-fast speeds internationally is a natural next step and the Red plans offer the best value in the industry for data allowances both here and overseas.”

“Travellers, whether on holiday or business, will be able to take their plan overseas for only $5 a day and enjoy the benefits of super-fast 4G. Whether updating Facebook or checking work emails, 4G roaming is easy to use and typically less expensive than many hotel wi-fi connections,” added Hanssen.

Vodafone Australia’s announcement comes as its UK parent, Vodafone Group, announced it would offer roaming on its ultra-fast 4G roaming to more countries than any other mobile operator worldwide.

Vodafone Group in the UK already offers 4G roaming on its own networks in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain. Between now and the end of 2014, Vodafone would launch 4G roaming in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK. In addition, Vodafone customers will be able to use 4G networks of other telecommunications companies in Austria, Belgium, France, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Switzerland.

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