Isles SNP MP Angus MacNeil recently met with representatives from mobile giant EE who provided an update on the much needed 4G upgrade in Na h-Eileanan an Iar.
EE is looking to site in the region of 25 new masts across the constituency to provide 4G coverage along key roads that currently lack mobile coverage, together with upgrading existing sites to 4G. EE propose to have 4G available in our islands by the end of 2017.
Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said:
“It was good to meet with representatives from EE and to hear more about the long awaited 4G.
“EE tell me that on average, 4G speeds on their network are between 12-15mbps, compared to 1.5mbps on 3G.
“Improvements to mobile connectivity is an issue which I have been constantly calling for. Better mobile provision is a necessity and I am pleased to hear that EE have already submitted planning applications for some of the sites. This is an important step by EE to bring 4G to our islands.”
EE is in the process of upgrading its UK network to 4G and building new sites to provide more coverage than ever before.
Once completed, EE’s network will be supporting an emergency services network as part of a Home Office contract to modernise emergency services communications. As part of this network, the Home Office is securing additional sites in remote and rural locations to extend the reach of the network.