EE has increased the capacity of its mobile networks in some of the UK’s most popular coastal locations, in anticipation of a higher-than-normal number of holidaymakers.
With the Covid-19 pandemic still ongoing and travel restrictions being imposed on most countries, 2021 is expected to see an unprecedented number of people staying in the UK for their holidays.
EE has said it will upgrade its 4G network and roll out its 5G network in several coastal towns and cities to increase coverage and increase speeds in high-demand areas.
Mobile users should also have better signal to call from these locations and faster data speeds to access the internet and apps.
The 4G network will be upgraded in 16 locations, including Blackpool, Bournemouth and Brighton, while the latter two will also see a 5G rollout alongside Swansea and a few other locations.
The improved 4G coverage is also an integral part of Britain’s much-delayed Emergency Services Network (ESN), which is already providing critical communications for some first responders and emergency services. Marc Allera, CEO Consumer Division, BT, said:
“With many popular coastal locations anticipating a busy summer, we are excited to offer enhanced coastal connectivity.
“The upgrades to our network will ensure our customers stay connected this summer, even on the busiest times.
The additional capacity provided by improvements to our 4G network, in addition to the continued rollout of our 5G network, will help people make the most of their time on the coast and also provide a valuable lifeline in case of need.
” Gareth Morrison, RNLI Head of Water Safety, said: “We expect coastal areas to be very busy this summer, but if people follow key safety advice, they can stay safe and enjoy their time at the beach and along our coastlines.
“In addition to our lifeboat crew and lifeguards, cell phones can help people stay safe on the coast, so improvements to coastal coverage are welcome.
Smartphones can help people plan their day on the coast and check things like the weather, tides and where our lifeguards are patrolling. Cell phones also allow people to quickly call for help in an emergency.
“Whether you’re walking along the coast, fishing from rocks or relaxing on the beach, having the resources to call for help in an emergency can be the difference between life and death.
” EE first turned on its 5G network in May 2019 and has been steadily expanding it ever since. It expects to introduce its “full next-generation core 5G network” next year, including enhanced device chipset capabilities and greater availability of 5G-ready spectrum.
Beginning in 2023, it will add ultra-reliable, low-latency communications, network slicing, and multi-gigabit-per-second speeds to the infrastructure.