Local News for Thursday 17th March 2016
Try Faroese model on mobile phones – MP
Techniques used in the Faroe islands could be tested in Scottish Islands, to speed up delivery of reliable mobile phone networks, according to Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil. This week Mr MacNeil met with the Chair and CEO of the Faroese telecom company along with Huw Saunders from Ofcom, to discuss ways of expanding mobile phone networks, particularly in the Scottish Islands. Mr MacNeil MP said: “It is very interesting to know that in the Faroe Islands with a population of only 50,000, has already completed a 3G roll-out of 50 masts, including full signal in their two undersea tunnels. 120 masts and 4G will be completed by July across the entire Faroe Islands. Faroes Telecom believes one of the island groups of Scotland should manage to bring 4G with only about 25 masts, given the high speed broadband which is arriving in the islands. I am anxious, along with other Scottish MPs, to help bring forward a trial on one of the island groups so that we can start to bring us up to the standards which the Faroe Islands have, with its far more challenging geography than we have in Scotland”.