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Vodafone is offering people in rural locations the chance to bring a mobile phone service to their area, as part of its Rural Open Sure Signal Program.

Under the scheme, up to 100 rural communities can apply for mobile access via the network’s Open Sure Signal technology, which harnesses femtocells to deliver a 3G internet signal.

A trial run has already seen 12 communities connected, including Walls in the Shetland Islands and Newton St Cyres in Devon.

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, said: “Mobile coverage can make a huge difference particularly to more rural and isolated communities.

“Vodafone’s Open Sure Signal technology offers communities the chance to transform their lives by bringing them technology many of us take for granted.

“I urge people to work together with their MPs to take this opportunity and bring mobile coverage to their homes.”

The carrier has earmarked £1 billion to invest in improving its network this year.

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