Mobile operator reveals plans to improve Isles coverage

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O2 have firm plans to improve coverage and bring 4G services to island customers, Angus MacNeil MP was told this week.

Mr MacNeil met with Sarwar Khan and Paul James from Telefonica UK - the firm of which O2 is a subsidiary - to discuss upgrade of services across Na h-Eileanan an Iar.

He said: “I was delighted to hear about the plans Telefonica have to upgrade the island network. They are aiming to upgrade 29 masts to provide 4G coverage this year which are situated throughout the island chain. This will aim to bring 3G/4G coverage to customers in parts of the Isles from the Butt to Barra.”

Planning applications for many of the sites has already been submitted but the roll out of the upgrade programme remains dependent on obtaining relevant permissions and having agreements in place with site providers.

Mr MacNeil added: “I was very encouraged by this meeting and although Telefonica concede that the upgrade programme does present challenges, they gave a clear commitment that they are doing all they can to improve coverage for customers in Na h-Eileanan an Iar.”

Pictured are Mr MacNeil with Sarwar Khan and Paul James from Telefonica UK.