Three UK commences build on first joint site in rural coverage programme
- UK’s first joint site being built in Scotland as part of the Shared Rural Network*.
- SRN programme aims to increase geographic coverage to at least 72% of Scotland’s landmass.
- Three is leading the build on the site, which is expected to go live in early 2023, providing 4G connectivity to customers on the Isle of Mull.
Three has put the first spade in the ground on the first joint site in the UK’s Shared Rural Network (SRN), which will transform connectivity for residents and businesses on the Isle of Mull.
This is one of 66 sites across Argyll and Bute that will deliver 4G connectivity as part of the SRN programme. It aims to increase geographic coverage from 56% of Scotland’s landmass to at least 72% by 2024, the largest SRN commitment among the home nations.
The new site is expected to be live in early 2023 and will also deliver connectivity to Vodafone and O2 customers as part of an agreement that will see each MNO build 74 shared sites.
Three will start construction on two further sites in Argyll and Bute and Aberdeenshire before Christmas as it ramps up its programme of improvements in Scotland.
As part of the wider SRN programme, work is well underway across all home nations, with 51 new sites already live.
Iain Milligan, CNO of Three UK, said: “Mobile connectivity is absolutely critical for communities in every part of the UK, helping to support the local economy and keeping people connected with their friends and family. I am proud that Three is leading the way by delivering the first of these shared sites in the Scottish Isles where I believe it will have a transformative effect on coverage.”