Facebook to help improve mobile signal in Scottish Highlands

Facebook is embarking on a pilot programme with EE to get better 4G mobile coverage to the more remote islands of the Scottish Highlands.

At Mobile World Congress (MWC) this weekend, Facebook announced its Telecom Infra Project, in which it intends to work with telecoms companies worldwide to overhaul mobile networks, and prep the world for the upcoming 5G. The Scottish Highlands are one area it'll be assisting.

Specifically, it'll be assisting by helping create a mobile mobile mast - a mobile mast that is mobile, and can be wheeled into shelter when there's bad weather. It's a small base station with a mast and transmission equipment that can be maintained by anyone local.

Mansoor Hanif, EE's director of radio networks, explained: "You could just press a button and roll it to safety, so obviously you lose coverage when the storm is out, but it's back as soon as it's over, and hasn't gone down for three days causing havoc, which is what happens now."

Two villages will benefit from the pilot, which runs for six months from this August. If it's successful it may then (literally) roll out to other remote villages.

Hanif added: "The Scottish islands and Welsh valleys are the most challenging areas topographically in Britain for mobile networks. We will have 98% 4G connectivity in the UK by the end of 2016, so our next challenge is to solve rural connectivity."

Facebook has also teamed up with the likes of Deutsche Telekom, Nokia, and Intel to improve mobile broadband.

Source: Telegraph

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