Medway misses out on 4G mobile bonanza
by Dan Bloom
Medway is missing out on the next round of super-fast mobile
Despite being the most populated conurbation in Kent, with
265,000 people, the Towns will not be in the latest tranche of
27 places to get 4G.
Instead the service is
being rolled out this summer to Ashford, Maidstone, Sevenoaks,
Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, including the rural areas around
The network is at least five to seven times faster than the
existing fastest network, 3G, so it allows users to make
high-definition video calls or watch high-quality live TV.
But it only works on 4G-enabled phones and is currently only
available on the Everything Everywhere (EE) network, though other
operators including Three and O2 are set to join in.
It also needs more phone masts, which are lacking in Medway and
have been unpopular with some residents in the past.
spokesman Emily Clarke said the roll-out was a priority where the
infrastructure already exists.
"It's down to a variety of factors," she said. "When the
roll-out started before Christmas the focus was on major towns and
cities. As we roll out wider it's about what infrastructure is
there already to make things as fast as possible."
The network is intended to cover 98% of the country by the end
Medway Labour leader Cllr Vince Maple (right) has written to EE
to complain and ask why Medway was not selected.
He said: "Medway is a a major conurbation in the south east
[with] both a large commuter population and an increasing student
"It is disappointing that Medway has not been placed in either of
your first two phases. Could you clarify the process that was
taken in making this decision and whether the local council or MPs
made any representations to encourage Medway to be in your early
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