EE Launches 4G Network In Scilly

St Agnes Boating owner John Peacock

St Agnes Boating owner John Peacock

Residents and visitors to Scilly will finally be able to surf the web at superfast speeds on their mobile phones and iPads as operator EE switches on its superfast 4G network today.

Up until now, phone users have only been able to access slower 2G technology.

One of the people who will benefit from 4G on the islands is St Agnes Boating owner John Peacock, who can now take advantage of mobile payments on board his boats as well as remote access to his innovative ‘online office.’

John said: “4G from EE will radically alter the landscape of the islands. It will enable businesses to totally connect with their customers and vice versa.

“In terms of our business, it’s really important our customers have connectivity all the time. Now they can pay while on board, or even order a boat while they’re sitting on the beach.”

EE chief executive Marc Allera said the development has been made possible by the arrival of the superfast fibreoptic cable to the islands, which was completed in 2014.

Mr Allera said: “When my colleagues at BT talked to me about the incredible achievement to deploy fibre to the Isles of Scilly, I knew we had to use that technology to ensure that residents and businesses on the islands also got an amazing 4G experience.

“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.”

8 Responses to EE Launches 4G Network In Scilly

  1. Glynne May 4, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Re: Isles of Scilly Coverage..
    For faster internet

    No coverage – you’ve found one of the few spots in the UK where we’re not currently providing 4G coverage.

  2. Adam Morton, St.Martins April 26, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Are boat fares going up that much we need a card to pay for them?

    • Thomas April 26, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      Swiping your card makes bus and tube travel easy, simple and reasonably cost effective in London and elsewhere. You are endlessly banging on about transport so embrace the technology, it doesn’t discriminate against off islanders even bleating hard done by backwoodsman can now utilise a smartphone. Get the tech and avoid being a bloody Luddite.

      • Adam Morton, St.Martins April 28, 2016 at 7:22 am

        My business has had card facilities for years thank you(one of the first on the island).However paying the bill has never figured highly on the list of major difficulties. I would add that card transactions can cost anything up to £1 or 10% of the transaction to the costs for the business which is why many don’t take payments for small amounts under £10.
        As far as I am aware, 4G does not have the capacity to beam you up so I see little relevance to transport!!!!
        I am yet to see the much talked about economic benefits of superfast broadband that was supposedly going to have such a dramatic effect on local business.Seems more like a status symbol among the techno kids. It didn’t stop the cost of freight going up 25% this year!
        So perhaps pull your head out of the sand (or wherever you keep it) and wake up & smell the coffee, this isn’t London and there aren’t any tubes here!

  3. Simon April 25, 2016 at 9:45 am

    That is incorrect, voice is always prioritised over data and the technology uses the superior HD voice so the calls sound clear, even with a weak signal. The only downside is you need a newer 4G compatible mobile.

  4. Soutie April 25, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Cheer up Tom, 4G is the best thing since 3G!

    Theo, I must admit it was a much closer bet than I expected! Well done on this.

    • fed up now April 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      11 month instead of 6? Yeah, that could be worse i guess.

      The question is, do you really think that Theo has had anything to do with this in the slightest? Im going for EE sorting this off of their own backs personally

  5. Tom April 25, 2016 at 12:13 am

    I beleive that 4G allocates a much higher percentage of the bandwidth to data rather than phonecalls, so phone calls suffer worse connections than they did on 3G? Beware.