Mobile network to boost connectivity in 'not spots' across the New Forest
MOBILE phone network EE has promised to “boost rural connectivity” as it announces the roll-out of 4G across more parts of the New Forest.
The company has announced it is to extend coverage in 40 locations in Hampshire, including New Milton, Lyndhurst, Ringwood, Poulner, Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley, Copythorne, Bransgore, Cadnam, and Netley Marsh.
EE said its work under the government’s Shared Rural Network (SRN) programme will improve connectivity, particularly in areas with “high summer demand”, including national parks and coastal locations.
Work across the county has already started, and EE said it will significantly reduce “partial not-spots” by 2024.
Mike McKinley, chair of National Parks England, said: “The extension, and introduction, of 4G coverage across more rural areas is welcome news for national park communities and visitors, and will help meet increased demand for fast, reliable connectivity.
“Digital connectivity is a vital part of modern life, and this news will benefit residents, many of whom currently live in isolated areas with no access to mobile coverage.
“As we look ahead to this summer, national parks are anticipating a large influx of visitors, who will now have access to better and more reliable mobile coverage.”
Across the UK, a total 579 locations are to benefit from extended 4G coverage by the end of 2021. All sites will be made available for other operators to share under the SRN scheme.