Could this new device help rural homes in Yorkshire access superfast broadband?
EE says a new antenna it is launching could help nearly 600-thousand rural homes across the UK get faster broadband.
The 4G antenna and professional installation service is available in Yorkshire, and across the UK, from today
It goes on the outside of a property, and then carries a 4G signal inside via a cable and a router.
The antenna is designed specifically as an alternative for those in rural communities that have yet to be connected with traditional fixed line broadband access or where customers can only receive slower fixed broadband speeds.
EE has recently been trialling the solution in the Northern Fells in Cumbria.
The company says the new solution allows customers to access EE’s superfast 4G network which currently extends to 90% of the UK’s landmass - or more 99.6% of UK homes.
Max Taylor, Managing Director of Marketing, EE said:
"As our network continues to expand into some of the most remote parts of the UK, we’ve seen the amazing impact that 4G connectivity can have on rural communities.
"Our newest 4G home broadband router and antenna takes this one step further, ensuring thousands of families in rural areas across the UK could enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband inside their home for the very first time – whether video-calling the grandparents or streaming their favourite TV series."
Sarah Lee, Head of Policy at the Countryside Alliance, said:
"Fast and reliable internet is just as essential in the countryside as it is in urban areas, but unfortunately it is not currently as widely available.
"This is a major issue for everyday life at home – students rely on a decent internet for research, parents need to bank online and thousands of rural families are missing out on a wealth of on-demand entertainment.
"We welcome this innovative 4G solution from EE and believe it will have a big impact on some of the most remote communities across the UK."