Council Says 4G Network Could Be Available By Christmas

tv mastScilly could have 4G mobile access by Christmas. And if it comes, it will allow locals and visitors to surf the web, quickly download files, watch movies or video chat from the street, in a field or out on a boat.

At the moment the islands’ mobile phone network only supports 2G, the second generation of mobile communications and that’s only really good for texts, pictures and voice calls.

We can’t get the next generation of 3G coverage here, so using a phone to surf the net is tricky.

Ofcom says 70% of the UK can now access 4G with an average download speed of 15Mbps.

Council Chief Executive Theo Leijser says the Council has written to all networks and although the Authority has no influence over mobile networks, he says there has been “reasonable traction.”

He told last Thursday’s public meeting that if he were “a betting man” he’d say it would be active by Christmas.



6 Responses to Council Says 4G Network Could Be Available By Christmas

  1. Atlantic Sea Bass July 2, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    It’s not just the visitors now is it Ian T, it’s for the benefit of the islanders and is long overdue if you ask me, although likely expensive unless you are on a good tariff… I personally would like to see a free open Wi-Fi network setup over here, a lot more useful and lighter on the wallet.

  2. Ian T. July 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    I didn’t realise visitors to Scilly came to sit in a field watching films… I thought they came to enjoy the peace and quiet and look at the beautiful scenery. Silly me..

    • Ewart Less July 3, 2015 at 8:00 am

      Very self deprecating of you but many would be forced to agree.

  3. Linguine July 1, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    The CEO must be a betting man he and the Linguist have been gambling with the future of our poor beleaguered authority for quite some time now.

  4. Callminder July 1, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I think Ofcom actually claim 70% of the population is covered – which is not the same as 70% of the UK……..

  5. confused July 1, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    I’ll take that bet with you Theo