Mobile phone mast upgrades set to lead to improved coverage for North Lincolnshire
A number of mobile phone masts in North Lincolnshire are set to be upgraded to provide better 4G coverage (Image: jgaunion/Getty Images)
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 23 Oct 2017
Upgrades to mobile phone masts in North Lincolnshire are set to lead to better 4G coverage in places across the area.
The news comes as Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy has started his latest round of meetings with mobile phone networks as part of his campaign to improve mobile phone coverage locally.
Mr Percy previously surveyed thousands of homes in the constituency to get a full picture of customer experience.
Following this, mobile networks have started a process of mast improvements locally, with many residents already seeing improvements, although Mr Percy is continuing to push the operators.
He said: "This week I met with both EE and O2 to again push the need for more improvements locally.
"EE have informed me that a number of masts in our area are going to be upgraded in the next few months which should improve indoor and outdoor 4G coverage across the area, especially in Broughton, Burton-Upon-Stather and Goole.
"Importantly, many of the upgrades are on the 800 spectrum frequency, which means that the signal travels better through walls and other obstructions. However, only more modern smartphones can access this bandwidth, so it is important that residents visit the EE website to check that their phone can do so. Basically, anything from an iPhone 6 onwards should be ok.
"For the meeting with O2, I was pleased that the leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Rob Waltham, joined me to look at some of O2’s future upgrades.
Simon Miller from O2, Andrew Percy and Councillor Rob Waltham
"I was informed that O2 has scheduled a series of site upgrades across the constituency, including on the Isle, Broughton and the Wold villages. As always, I will continue to update my constituents with any new information that arises.
"I know as a local resident myself that coverage in our area is still not good enough and that is why I am continuing to push for faster improvements.
"My office are currently arranging more meetings with mobile phone networks in the near future, so I will continue to raise my constituent’s concerns with the networks directly."