PHONE boxes are making a comeback in Bournemouth with a modern technology twist.

Following regulations making it easier for mobile network technology to be attached to public infrastructure being cut, Vodafone is announcing new upgrades to the 4G network in Bournemouth with new devices installed on phone boxes.

The town will benefit from two phones boxes, located in Bourne Avenue and Pier Approach, which have had technology fitted on their roof which gives a Vodafone 4G signal with a 200-metre coverage radius. This will mean more customers can use their mobile devices to stream HD videos, download maps and access websites within seconds.

Miniature 4G technology units add extra mobile coverage and capacity to the area without adding clutter.

Bournemouth Echo: Pier Approach in Bournemouth. Picture: Stephen BathPier Approach in Bournemouth. Picture: Stephen Bath

The activity is part of Vodafone’s latest network modernisation programme to improve both 4G and 5G for UK customers. The programme will see the retirement of the old 3G network in 2023.

Andrea Dona, network and development director at Vodafone UK, said: “Our network has never been busier. Customers are connecting more than ever when they’re out and about, using maps, keeping up with work on the go, and using social media.

“Using these phone boxes to house mini 4G technology means we can keep up with demand and make the most out of existing structures on our streets. Adding more 4G coverage is important to us and our customers as we prepare to switch off old 3G technology next year.”