New technologies allow EE to promise 3G and 4G mobile coverage in 1,500 black spot communities
The largest British mobile operator, EE, has announced today that it will use micro networks to bring mobile coverage to around 1,500 rural communities that previously had none. This is possible thanks to a new technology that do not require large masts or miles of cable in order to provide mobile coverage. The new approach uses new micro networks that connect smaller mobile antennas to an appropriate nearby large mast. As a result, the cost of infrastructure is dramatically lowered and the operator can provide mobile coverage to remote locations in a viable way.
From the beginning of next year, EE plans to roll out micro networks that would provide voice and data mobile coverage for both 3G and 4G technology. The promise made today plans to implement 1,500 micro networks by 2017 in areas with non-existent or unreliable mobile coverage. EE has already started the project with the first community being connected today. The trials started in the village of Sebergham, in Cumbria, were less than 350 people live. County officials expressed their gratitude for involving their region first as people from the countryside down there will benefit from having a reliable mobile coverage. EE is now analysing other areas to check where deployment of micro networks is feasible.
EE CEO Olaf Swantee said: “We’ve been working closely with Government on the long-term ambition to bring voice coverage to more of the UK, and we believe that this world-first technology will demonstrate significant advancements against that vision.”