12/2/2014 10:31:03 AM
EE promises to improve rural coverage with ‘micro network’
EE has announced that it will use ‘micro network’ technology in order to improve connectivity to 1,500 rural sites by the end of 2017.
The technology wirelessly connects small mobile antennas to a suitable nearby macro site, without cabling a move that EE says will help improve the economics of connecting hard to reach areas.
The service will begin rollout in early 2015 in Sebergham in Cumbria, the town was the first community to trial the technology.
The timing of EE’s announcement about the ‘micro network’ technology is significant following the closure of the government’s consultation on improving poor network coverage at the end of last month.
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.’