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4G is now available to EE customers in Stornoway.


The telecom’s network is supporting an emergency services network as part of a Home Office contract to modernise emergency services communications.


The upgrade to 4G went live in the town on Thursday.


MP Angus MacNeil said: “This welcome development is a result of the requirement to modernise emergency services communications.


“Getting to this stage with mobile connectivity has been ongoing for a long time. I have and will continue to liaise regularly with mobile operators and vigorously campaign for improved mobile coverage in the islands.”


The MP said he met with EE who confirmed they were looking to site around 25 new masts across the Western Isles to provide 4G coverage along key roads that currently lack mobile coverage, together with upgrading existing sites to 4G.

He added: ““Improved mobile coverage is dependent on fibre broadband and at Westminster on Tuesday during a debate on the rollout of superfast broadband, I called on the UK Government to up its game on broadband.


“I appreciate that this is early days and that there may be teething problems, but this is a step in right direction and I look forward to seeing further progress throughout our islands.”


4G now available in Stornoway

24 February 2017