EE working to improve mobile phone coverage in Chapel

Mobile phone signal for EE customers in Chapel-en-le-Frith is set to improve in the coming days following complaints from residents. 

High Peak MP Robert Largan said he had been contacted by a number of people from the area about "really poor" EE mobile phone signal recently. 

The MP said he contacted EE which found, after initial investigations, that too many people are connected to the local mast and the operator is now working to update it. 

Mr Largan said on Monday: "I’ve been in touch with EE who have had their technical specialists carry out a review of the local mast. They’ve found that there are too many people connected to the mast and it is struggling to handle all the demand.

"I am pleased to report that EE have now started carrying out work to update the local mast for Chapel-en-le-Frith, which will improve its capabilities, which is expected to lead to significant improvements in mobile phone signal in the area. Work is expected to be completed in the next few days.

"This is really positive news. As always, if you have similar problems with your local mobile phone coverage, drop me an email on mail@robertlargan.co.uk." 

Poor broadband access and mobile phone coverage remains an ongoing issue in the rural High Peak and wider Peak District. 

The Shared Rural Network (SRN) agreement between Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and the Government, worth £1 billion, will share investment costs between MNOs and the government and increase 4G mobile coverage throughout the UK to 95 per cent by the end of 2025, irrespective of what network provider people use.

It will be underpinned by a legally binding coverage commitment from each operator. The SRN will lead to increases in coverage in some areas by more than a third.

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