Mobile phone customers who use the Vodafone network may soon find a much improved service available in Penarth and around Cardiff Bay.
Vodafone has this week been installing a new mobile phone mast specially to cope with calls to and from the hundreds of people involved in organising the round the world Volvo Ocean Race when the crews and boats arrive in Cardiff at the end of the month for their UK stop-over.
The new mast should also augment services to existing Vodafone customers in the vicinity of Cardiff Bay and may even help people in Penarth who despite the plethora of masts in the town, all too often have trouble getting a signal.
The mobile phone booster mast arrived in four sections to be bolted together on site using a Hihab crane and was soon connected up to a mobile electrical control room.
Finally the electrical cabling was installed and the whole system should be now up and running .
However the change is not permanent.
The whole system will be dismantled and taken away once the multi-million pound Volvo Ocean Race circus has left town – so any improvement in local signal strength is destined to be just a temporary phenomenon.