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EE launches 4G broadband in Cumbria

Cumbrian broadband can become 100 per cent superfast according to a local MP.

Rory Stewart: ‘Change in management will hopefully address issue’

Penrith and the Border’s Rory Stewart was speaking at the launch of 4G broadband in the county.

Internet company EE has been testing mobile broadband near Keswick and has now rolled it out to 2,000 homes between St John’s in the Vale and Wigton.

Among those whose businesses have been trialling 4G is photographer James Walker, from Threlkeld, who says it’s saved him time and money.

“We’ve just won a 13 month contract to make a time-lapse film of the new terminal extension at Edinburgh Airport. At one time we’d have had to go up and check it on a regular basis.

"Now we can stream the pictures straight from the camera to our office. It means we can deliver our product to the customer more cost effectively.”

Rory Stewart says that although local internet providers are doing well, Cumbria needs the investment of larger organisations like EE too.

“It’s fantastic what people like Solway Communications and LonsdaleNET are doing, really fantastic but we need to make sure the Government fills in the gaps other internet companies can’t reach.

“Communities will need to put their own energy into getting things done. Digging their own ditches for the cables, getting their neighbours to sign up for the services. But I believe we can make Cumbrian broadband 100 per cent superfast.

Minister for Rural Affairs Dan Rogerson says the Government is willing to invest more money in rural broadband as are others.

”There is confidence in the industry that it’s definitely worth investing in. There is a huge market there and that’s something I welcome,” he added.

The Cumbria roll out will be used as a model for introducing EE’s 4G service elsewhere in the country. The firm is also going to expand in the county before the end of next March though the next location has yet to be announced.


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