EE expand 4G across remote areas in the UK

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EE expand 4G across remote areas in the UK

EE are growing towards its motivation to cover 95% of the UK with superfast 4G by 2020. Already 105 new sites have been built in the last six months to cover mobile not-spots.

New coverage will deliver connectivity for EE customers and the Emergency Services Network. In the last 12 months, EE has filled more than 12,000 square kilometres of mobile not-spots–equivalent to more than 1.5 million football pitches.

New site expands for EE

EE has:

  • Upgraded more than 4,000 existing sites to provide 4G
  • Built 105 brand new sites, delivering mobile coverage to the most remote parts of the UK.

The new sites have carried more than 200 emergency 999 calls from people that may previously have been left without help. The sites are being delivered as part of EE’s £1.2bn Emergency Services Network (ESN) contract with the government. This means that rival operators will be able to place their own kit on some of the same infrastructures.

The 100 new sites are spread across Scotland, North Wales and Northern England. EE is already in the process of building a further 350 new sites to continue filling in mobile not-spots.

EE’s ambition is to cover 95% of the UK geography with 4G by 2020.

Marc Allera, CEO at EE, said: “Mobile coverage is critical to consumers and businesses and can provide a lifeline for those in need of support from the emergency services – that’s why we keep focusing on filling in more mobile not-spots across Britain.”

4G sites have already been switched on in remote locations across Scotland. Including Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands, CairnGorm Mountain, and the Isle of Skye, as well as West Dumfries and Galloway. This work has seen geographic 4G coverage in Scotland pass the 75% mark at the end of 2017, with EE going further than any other operator.