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Arqiva Secure Contract to Build 4G Mobile Masts in North Yorkshire

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 (8:25 am) - Score 1,144
mobile network mast among trees

Homes and businesses in rural parts of North Yorkshire (England) look set to benefit from improved 4G network coverage after the county council awarded a £1m contract to wireless infrastructure firm Arqiva, which will be tasked with identifying the best locations for new masts and building them.

The council claims that several locations in North Yorkshire currently have no 4G coverage from any operator, although rather annoyingly they’ve chosen not to name these. Nevertheless Arqiva will be expected to have completed the new sites by March 2020, ready for O2, Three UK, Vodafone and / or EE to use.

Funding for the work comes from the Government’s Local Growth Fund grant, which was secured by the council through the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership (YNYER LEP). The successful firm will have access to grant funds as and when a suitable mast site is identified and a mobile network operator agrees to provide services from that site.

Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said:

“This contract represents a significant step forward in our efforts to expand more widely high-quality mobile phone coverage for residents and businesses. We already have a good relationship with mobile network operators and have been commended nationally on our forward-thinking approach.

Strong mobile coverage is an important element of our support for maintaining and creating successful, thriving communities in all parts of North Yorkshire.”

Building new masts is not an easy task and many such projects have faced delays due to problems with planning permission and gaining access to a good power supply or data connection (i.e. with ultrafast 5G wireless broadband on the way many operators prefer to have an optical fibre line to link their sites).

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5 Responses
  1. Avatar Michael V

    Well this is great news. Been a while since I’ve visited the county, it’s a really lovely place. Hopefully all four Operators will share most of the sites. I expect they will just deploy VoLTE in the most rural areas, over 3G & 4Gdata networks

    • Avatar Jamie

      If there is a 4G service, you will have 4G data, it’s never one or the other unless there is no 2G or 3G underlying layers and VoLTE isn’t enabled. This should never be the case though. I would expect the 4G later to be VoLTE enabled with plenty of bandwidth for good data service. It’s the backhaul I’d be most interested in to see if that can deliver what’s needed.

  2. Avatar GucciGang

    Would be decent if Virgin could finally start covering Skipton, bit annoying being a town in north yorkshire not small enough that you don’t get the PR driven FTTP installs that villages do but not big enough to benefit from Virgin expansion.

  3. Avatar kathryn nixon

    i have a mast in situe to sell North Yorkshire

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