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VIDEO: Superfast Mobile Phone Signal Comes To Cornwall

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12:23pm 31st July 2014
(Updated 12:23pm 31st July 2014)

Superfast mobile phone signal arrives in Cornwall, more than a year after the roll out started in other parts of the country.

But the 4G will only cover Saltash for now.

It will make it much quicker to send emails, upload photos and download music.

But some parts of the Duchy still can not make a mobile call at all.

Fred Maisey, EE's Regional Manager for the South West, said: “I’m delighted that EE’s 250th 4G town is here in the South West, and the very first in Cornwall.

"As the rollout of the new technology continues, thousands of residents and businesses in Cornwall will be able to benefit from a world-class mobile internet connection on the UK’s biggest, fastest and most reliable network.”

At the Lanner Inn locals have to go outside and stand on a bench if they want to get a decent signal.

Landlady Linda Dundale said: "We can put a man on the moon - but we can't get a decent mobile signal inside a pub.

"Obviously as businesses we need to be able to be contactable at all times. If they can't get us they don't usually bother.

"We've got a transmitter not very far away from us but, more often than not, we don't get signal here especially when it rains. And the telly will go off as well."

Phone bosses insist more of Cornwall will get the superfast mobile coverage.

Howard Jones from EE has been on the line to Pirate FM.

He understands some people are angry they have got no signal at all: "The Cornish countryside is stunningly beautiful and it is incredibly hard to cover. But that is what we are trying to do. We are investing an enormous amount of money into the South West and into Cornwall specifically to try and get a really good consistent experience for everybody.

"There are thousands of engineers putting in thousands of hours to upgrade thousands and thousands of sites. But that work is ongoing and we have every ambition to cover 98% and hopefully more of the UK population and a lot of that is going to be in Cornwall."

You can watch EE's promotional video about what 4G means here...

12:23pm 31st July 2014

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