Networks bid for 4G phone upgrade


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Two phone networks are vying to bring fourth generation mobile internet to Sidmouth with an application to upgrade existing telecommunications equipment.

Three and EE hope to install two, six-metre dishes at the existing Bulverton Hill mast and swap a ‘2G’ kit for ‘4G’.

The application says the move will improve voice and text services and allow customers to use ‘ultra-fast speeds when browsing the internet, streaming videos or sending emails wherever they are’.

It adds: “By providing a ‘virtual office environment’, there are significant potential benefits in terms of reduced commuting, which is helpful in supporting the sustainable development agenda.”

The site is within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the East Devon Heritage Coast area so the plans state that the networks have tried to minimise its impact on its surroundings.

It says the Bulverton Hill site, which is well established and screened by woodland, is the only feasible option for meeting technical requirements without needing to install another mast.

East Devon District Council will decide the fate of the plans.