A major new investment in high-speed communications technology has been started, bringing 4G mobile connectivity to Shetland for the first time.
EE, which forms part of BT, is today announcing it has switched on its superfast 4G mobile network in the isles covering the Lerwick area.
Chief executive, Marc Allera, says he wants to connect 95 per cent of the UK landmass, including the most extreme reaches of the country.
Broadband has been a major bugbear to many of late, with homes and businesses in rural areas losing patience with frustratingly low speeds. EE boasts its access speeds on smartphones, tablets and other devices will be 50 per cent quicker than any other UK network.
The company says it will continue to switch on 4G sites throughout 2016, and will complete coverage across all of the islands by summer next year.
Director of Shetland Islands Council’s economic development, Neil Grant, said the move was “hugely important” to the isles.
“From local residents to businesses, there is a growing reliance on mobile devices to provide greater access to information and enable easier communication with customers,” he said.
Mr Allera said: “We’ve seen the difference that 4G can make right across the UK, and I’m delighted to be able to continue making that difference in one of the most remote parts of the UK. This project shows the power of the BT Group as a digital champion for the UK, making new investments to bring high-speed communications to even the most challenging locations.”