Twelve Angus mobile masts to improve “ageing and expensive” emergency services communications have been welcomed by the local MP.
The UK Government Home Office charged EE with delivering an Emergency Service Network critical communications system across the country.
These will replace the Airwave network and deliver mobile broadband services to emergency services, as well as commercial 4G services for local residents, businesses and visitors.
In a parliamentary question, Kirstene Hair asked the Secretary of State for the Home Office as to EE’s progress in her constituency.
Nick Hurd MP responded that a programme to deliver approximately 300 sites in the UK’s most remote and rural areas of the Extended Area Service (EAS) project will involve 12 transmitters in Angus.
Mr Hurd wrote:
“Twelve of these EAS sites are planned in Angus and these are composed of nine greenfield sites and three sites shared with the existing Airwave service.”
Mr Hurd added construction is likely to finish at the new sites in November.”
Ms Hair said:
“Angus is a special place to live and work in, but the landscape often presents challenges for communications.
“We can’t have the situation where ambulances or police cars lose signal.
“In the Glens or along the coast of Arbroath, lives could be on the line.
“These upgrades and new masts will also have benefits for businesses and residents there.
“I’m delighted to hear Angus will be upgraded by the end of November.”
Customers for the ESN include the police, fire and rescue, and ambulance services as well as a range of other users stretching from local authorities and utility services to first responders like inshore rescue.
There are potentially around 300,000 individuals who will depend on ESN, using handheld devices or operating equipment in 50,000 vehicles, 115 aircraft and 200 control rooms.