EE to use micro-networks for rural 4G connectivity

03 December 2014 |


UK mobile operator EE has pledged to provide 1,500 rural communities in the country with 4G by 2017, using newly tested micro-network technology.

The operator is using this technology to connect rural black spots in its connectivity, and has already tested a micro-network in Cumbria, where it has implemented three meshed antennas to connect 129 homes and businesses.

These antennas connect wirelessly to the macro EE network and are highly economical as they do not involve cables, nor require planning permission.

“With this innovative new technology, we have the capability to connect every community in the UK, and we estimate that we’ll be able to bring reliable voice coverage and high-speed mobile broadband to more than 1,500 places for the first time by 2017,” said EE CEO Olaf Swantee.

“We’ve been working closely with government on the long-term ambition to bring voice coverage to more of the UK, and we believe that this world-first technology will demonstrate significant advancements against that vision.”

EE has been hot on expanding its network across the UK, and in October, was named the largest 4G player in Europe.