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Carrickmore in line for 4g Mobile Technology

Published: 13 December, 2017

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin councillor Barry McNally has welcomed news that work on an upgrade of mobile phone infrastructure in the Carrickmore area for the o2 and Vodafone networks is nearing completion. Telefónia, acting on behalf of Vodafone and o2 had lodged a planning application just over a year ago and got the green light to proceed with the work in the Carrickmore area earlier in the year.

Welcoming the announcement local Sinn Féin councillor Barry McNally said:

"The issue of mobile phone coverage, or lack of, has been a bone of contention in Carrickmore for many years from residents, businesses and visitors to the area. Day and daily I get contacted by local businesses and customers who are frustrated about the lack of mobile phone coverage in the Carrickmore and wider Mid Tyrone area, which is an essential basic service. It is my hope that this development will go some way in addressing the issue and whilst this is an initiative undertaken by o2 and Vodafone it must be welcomed.

"Having been in touch with those taking forward this project earlier this week I understand that the upgrading work has been ongoing in recent days, with a view that this apparatus will be operational before Christmas. In documents shared with myself the view is that the new apparatus will support 4g capability and will dramatically improve mobile phone coverage in the area for Vodafone and o2 customers. Whilst this project is being taken forward by these two companies for their customer base I hope that this investment acts as an incentive to other operators to follow suit and invest in upgrading their current facilities in the area.