Reaching the northern-most area in the UK, O2 has managed to bring 4G coverage to the Isle of Unst and is aiming to connect 72 more communities in Scotland over the next 12 months.
An update to O2’s mast means more than 600 people will receive 4G coverage. The update will benefit people those who live and work in the area and also tourists that plan on visiting.
In the last year, O2 have delivered 4G network coverage to 366 new locations across Scotland and they now cover 2,387 cities, towns and villages across the country.
As one of O2’s Direct Partner’s this is fantastic news. A large amount of our customer base operates in Scotland. We have an office based in Glasgow and the fact that we can now offer mobile contracts to businesses which operate in these remote areas of the country is a real step forward.
To overcome varied terrain and weather conditions in Scotland, O2 has deployed helicopters and off-road vehicles to install the new technology.
During the next year, O2 will use similar methods to connect up to 72 Scottish communities to its 4G network, as it aims to take its level of indoor 4G coverage throughout Scotland to 94.6 per cent.
It is also looking to deliver better connectivity to the Isle of Coll, a small Hebridean island with just 220 inhabitants.
Scottish connectivity minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “O2 has shown innovation and commitment to bring improved mobile coverage across Scotland and we welcome that.”
O2 chief operating officer Derek McManus added: “We are committed to helping build a fully mobile Britain. The need for 4G connectivity is an integral part of modern daily life.
“We know mobile has the power to make a real, positive difference to people’s lives and businesses in rural communities across Scotland.”
An O2 commissioned economic research report by Development Economics at the end of 2018 found that Scotland would benefit from a £20 million boost per year from an improved 4G network.
The report predicts that enhanced 4G will benefit over 14,000 rural businesses across the UK, boosting revenue by up to £141 million per year.
You can check your network coverage via the O2 website here.
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