The activity is part of the Shared Rural Network (SRN), a £1bn joint initiative between the UK Government and the UK’s four mobile network operators.
Vodafone customers in and around the Scottish rural communities of Ae and Loch Head in Dumfries and Galloway are now receiving stronger 4G coverage so residents, businesses and visitors are now enjoying faster and more reliable data speeds as well as better quality voice calls.
The activity is part of the Shared Rural Network (SRN), a £1bn joint initiative between the UK Government and the UK’s four mobile network operators, which will extend overall 4G coverage to 91% of the Scottish landmass* and builds on the multibillion-pound investment Vodafone has already made to bring 4G coverage to 99% of UK premises. The programme uses mast sharing on existing sites in rural areas where some providers, but not all, have coverage. SRN also builds new, shared masts to connect areas that currently have no coverage at all.
The masts bring the number of sites across Scotland where Vodafone coverage has already been boosted, as part of the SRN programme, to 49. Locations include Balmacara (Ross-shire), Ettrick (Scottish Borders), Lockerbie (Scottish Borders), New Luce (Dumfries and Galloway) and Traquair (Peeblesshire).