Andrew continued his campaign to better connect the area by holding meetings with mobile network operator Everything Everywhere (EE). He met with Dan Perlet, Director of Corporate and Financial Affairs at EE and John Carwardine, Community Affairs Manager at EE. He lobbied them for improved mobile phone coverage across the area.
Everything Everywhere were able to tell Andrew that over the next 18 months their 4G coverage in the area will match their current 2G coverage. This means that you should soon be able to use the internet in areas where you can currently only send texts or make calls. EE agreed to look at a signal problem in Epworth, specifically they are going to look at whether they can address this using 800MHz spectrum that they purchased in the Government’s recent auction. This solution potentially means the signal could extend further with better penetration of buildings for increased indoor coverage.
This meeting follows Andrew’s recent meeting with Vodafone who confirmed coverage improvements are to be made by the end of next year. Vodafone and o2 are to share infrastructure, so customers on both networks should see improvements.
Andrew Percy says, “Residents are increasingly using their mobile phones for work as well as personal use, and rural areas have been getting a raw deal.
“EE were very receptive to concerns about coverage, particularly in Epworth which seems to be a bit of a problem area. They have committed to looking at the issue in Epworth to see if they can adjust their mast or look at using a different frequency.
“Local residents raised concerns with me initially and I have now taken the issue up with most of the major operators. I look forward to meeting with Three next week to lobby on behalf of their customers in our area.”