Mobile network operator (MNO) EE has announced the addition of extra mobile capacity to some of the UK’s most popular coastal locations, saying the work had been carried out in anticipation of a bumper ‘staycation summer’. In a press release regarding the matter, EE said that the upgrades to its 4G network, alongside the rollout of its 5G infrastructure in ‘several’ coastal towns and cities, would bring better coverage and increased speeds in high-demand areas. Nine locations were listed as having gained access to the MNO’s 5G network, namely: Ayr, Blackpool, Brighton, Paignton, Poole, Porthcawl, Southend-on-Sea, Swansea and Weston-super-Mare. Meanwhile, in terms of the locations where 4G upgrades have been carried out, those were named as: Blackpool, Bournemouth, Brighton, Dawlish, Great Yarmouth, Isle of Sheppey, Maldon, Porthcawl and Rhyl. Looking ahead, a further 16 locations will see 4G upgrades completed in ‘summer 2021’, namely: Aberystwyth, Berwick upon Tweed, Budleigh Salterton, Cardigan Bay, Clacton on Sea, Newquay, Padstow, Selsey, Scarborough, Skegness, Snowdonia, St Ives, Tenby, Whitstable, Windermere and Woolacombe.
Commenting, Marc Allera, CEO Consumer Division at EE’s parent company BT, said: ‘With many popular seaside locations expecting a busy summer, we’re pleased to be providing improved coastal connectivity … The upgrades to our network will help ensure our customers stay connected this summer, even at the busiest times. The additional capacity delivered through improvements to our 4G network, alongside the continued roll-out of our 5G network, will help people make the most of their time at the coast, and also provide a valuable lifeline, if an emergency occurs.’