- Loch Ness receives significant coverage upgrade as the latest in over 300 Scottish ‘not spots’ to be connected to 4G.
- EE is the first mobile operator to reach the milestone of building or upgrading 1,500 remote sites across the UK as part of the Shared Rural Network (SRN) programme.
Nessie hunters are to benefit from improved communications as Loch Ness is the latest site to be connected to ‘monster’ 4G coverage.
The site is the single largest SRN upgrade EE has delivered to date in the 1,500 sites it has connected across the UK. 300 of these remote countryside sites have been in Scotland.
The enhanced connectivity around Loch Ness and nearby villages along the River Moriston in the Highlands will support local people and businesses, as well as those working and visiting the area, including the hundreds of thousands of tourists travel every year in search the famous Loch Ness Monster.
EE has expanded its mobile network to deliver fast and reliable 4G connectivity to more than 300 remote countryside communities across Scotland.
The upgrades have been delivered as part of the Shared Rural Network (SRN), a £1 billion joint initiative between mobile network operators and the UK Government to extend 4G connectivity to 95 percent of the UK’s geography by the end of 2025.
EE has just reached the milestone of building or upgrading 1,500 remote sites across the UK.
Having signed the SRN deal in March 2020, EE has now delivered more than 2,000 square miles of additional 4G connectivity to rural areas across each of the four UK nations.
This equates to a size greater than nine times that of the Isle of Man.
EE’s 4G network is the biggest and fastest in the UK, covering more than 99 percent of the population.
This continued investment in infrastructure marks the latest expansion of its 4G coverage, reducing ‘partial not spots’ and providing customers and businesses in remote places across the country with enhanced high-speed mobile connectivity.
UK Government Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure, Julia Lopez, said:
“The improved connectivity being delivered by the Shared Rural Network is transforming countryside communities, boosting productivity and giving people reliable and fast mobile connectivity wherever they live.
“It is fantastic to see EE reach such a significant milestone.
“We look forward to continuing to work together with our industry partners to give rural areas the infrastructure they need in the digital age.”
Philip Jansen, Chief Executive of BT Group, commented:
“Today marks a major achievement for the Shared Rural Network, with EE becoming the first operator to bring 4G to a further 1,500 remote locations across the UK.
“From farming and fishing to hospitality and tourism, Britain’s countryside communities are vital to the success of the wider economy and BT Group’s huge investment into our mobile network infrastructure is delivering the connectivity boost local people and businesses need.”