Western Isles

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

ISLES MP An­gus MacNeil re­cently met rep­re­sen­ta­tives from mo­bile phone firm EE, which pro­vided an up­date on the much-needed 4G up­grade in Na h-Eileanan an Iar.

EE is look­ing to site 25 new masts across the con­stituency to pro­vide 4G cov­er­age along key roads that cur­rently lack mo­bile cov­er­age, to­gether with up­grad­ing ex­ist­ing sites to 4G. EE pro­poses to have 4G avail­able in the is­lands by the end of 2017.

Mr MacNeil said: ‘EE tells me that, on aver­age, 4G speeds on their net­work are be­tween 12-15mbps, com­pared to 1.5mbps on 3G.

‘Im­prove­ments to mo­bile con­nec­tiv­ity is an is­sue which I have been con­stantly call­ing for. Bet­ter mo­bile pro­vi­sion is a ne­ces­sity and I am pleased to hear EE has al­ready sub­mit­ted plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions for some of the sites. This is an important step by EE to bring 4G to our is­lands.’

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