U.K. Begins Tower Construction on ESN Extended Areas
Monday, October 08, 2018 | Comments

The U.K. Home Office began construction of a new mobile mast for the Emergency Services Network (ESN) in Boreland, Scotland, near Lockerbie. The mast will be part of the nationwide public-safety broadband network.

The new mast will also be capable of supporting commercial services to provide a fast commercial service to local residents, businesses and visitors in the area. The site will form part of a special network of mobile masts, called the extended area service (EAS) that will extend 4G mobile coverage for emergency services to the more rural and remote areas of Scotland, Wales and England.

The mast at Boreland is the first site in the new EAS network to begin construction. During the next six months another 70 sites are expected to begin construction in the most remote and rural areas of Scotland, Wales and England. The ESN program is working with the Scottish government and Scottish Futures Trust to ensure that public money is spent wisely and to best effect when it comes to building mobile mast infrastructure, an online post said.

Earlier this year, Stephen Webb, senior responsible owner, Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP), Home Office, said the EAS sites were behind schedule but were planned to be finished by the end of 2018.

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