UK network EE has announced it has eliminated 12,000 square feet of 4G LTE ‘not spots’ during the last 12 months.
As part of its efforts to achieve coverage across 95% of the UK by 2020, the BT-owned network has upgraded 4,000 existed sites, while adding 105 new mobile masts.
This area of land benefitting from the work amounts to 1.5 million football pitches and includes parts of Scotland, North Wales and England that have never enjoyed mobile coverage before.
As a result of the network enhancement, more than 200 emergency calls have been placed that could not have been previously made via any of the UK’s providers.
Remote areas of Scotland are the biggest beneficiaries with the Scottish Highlands, CairnGorm Mountain, the Isle of Skye, West Dumfries and Galloway gaining 4G connectivity over the last year.
However, the company still has plenty of work to do in Scotland given 4G LTE connectivity sat at 75% at the end of 2017. That’s compared to 90% UK wide.
As well as EE customers, the improvements and new sites will serve the UK’s new Emergency Services Network. The £1 billion initiative will enable emergency service workers to communicate with each other via 4G LTE connectivity.
In a blog post CEO Mark Allera wrote: “Our customers need a 4G connection wherever they go. We’ve added an enormous amount of coverage in the last year, upgrading existing sites and building completely new ones to keep our customers connected in more places than ever before.
“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.”
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