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EE builds 90 new mobile masts as it improves 4G coverage in Scotland

Tuesday, April 24th 2018 by Steve McCaskill

EE is working hard to improve coverage for its customers in Scotland and has switched on 90 brand new 4G sites since the start of 2017 to reach 75% landmass coverage.

The most recent locations include Carsphairn, in Dumfries and Galloway, Loch Tarff and Gorthleck in The Highlands, Lamlash, on the Isle of Arran, Sandwick in the Shetland Isles, and Tarland and Ballogie in Aberdeenshire.

EE plans to build more than 200 additional sites within the next few months and will also upgrade some sites that only have 2G coverage at present, limiting customers to just voice and text services.

Scotland’s challenging topography has meant it has been difficult to build network infrastructure in some remote locations. In Carsphairn for example, EE engineers built the 15-metre tower by hand because the site was too difficult to reach by land.

A helicopter was used to deliver 50 pieces for the mobile tower and the bracings for construction as well as to deliver and pour 16 cubic metres of concrete and 18 tonnes of stone for the base.

Emergency Services Network

EE’s efforts will not only help residents in areas plagued by poor coverage, but also entice visitors to the country and aid the national Emergency Services Network (ESN), which will give police forces, firefighters and ambulance crews access to 4G-powered applications.

Accordingly, EE’s network upgrade programme will see it cover main roads in the country, having already improved sections of the A75, A9, A82 and A86.

“Too much of Scotland has been left behind when it comes to mobile technologies,” said Simon Frumkin, ESN MD at EE. “We’re investing across the country to put that right. We’ve already built 90 sites that are providing coverage for the first time, and there are more than 200 to go – this is going to revolutionise access to the digital economy across Scotland, and it will provide 4G coverage for the Emergency Services Network.”

EE is the UK’s largest operator both in terms of subscriber and coverage, with its 4G network covering 99% of the population and 86% of the geographic area of the UK. It has committed to increasing this to 95% by the end of the decade.

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