Mobile carriers have no firm plans for Highlands and Islands 3G boost

Tuesday, March 5th 2013
Consumers across the Highlands and Islands are struggling with slow mobile data connectivity.
Mobile carriers have no firm plans for Highlands and Islands 3G boost
Mobile operators have yet to set a date for completing the rollout of 3G mobile broadband networks across Scotland's Highlands and Islands.

While EE is working towards bringing super-fast 4G services within reach of 55 per cent of the population by this summer, large swathes of the Scottish region are still unable to access 3G.

Speaking to the West Highland Free Press, a Vodafone spokeswoman said the carrier is aware of the lack of high-speed mobile data coverage in the area and has been discussing the matter with local MP Angus MacNeil for the past year-and-a-half.

However, she admitted the company has "no firm plans" to boost 3G coverage across the Highlands and Islands.

Orange, part of the EE joint venture along with T-Mobile, confessed it also has nothing in the pipeline regarding 3G rollouts in the region.

"We're investing £1.4 million a day to continue to grow our network reach and deliver the best network experience possible for our customers, including those in remote regions," the Orange spokeswoman added.

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