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It is hoped that the additional coverage will support emergency services and allow holidaymakers to stay safe and access help if needed.
Jane Imrie

Northumberland tourist hotspot set for 4G upgrade ahead of ‘staycation summer’

A seaside town in Northumberland is set to see upgrades to its 4G network ahead of anticipated demand during the summer.

Telecoms giant EE has announced that it will be adding extra mobile capacity to the coastal location of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

It is hoped that the additional coverage will support emergency services and allow holidaymakers to stay safe and access help if needed.

Marc Allera, CEO - consumer division at BT, commented: “With many popular seaside locations expecting a busy summer, we’re pleased to be providing improved coastal connectivity.

“The upgrades to our network will help ensure our customers stay connected this summer, even at the busiest times.

“The additional capacity delivered through improvements to our 4G network, alongside the continued roll-out of our 5G network, will help people make the most of their time at the coast, and also provide a valuable lifeline, if an emergency occurs.”

Nick Ayers, regional water safety lead for the North and East, added: “We do expect coastal areas to be very busy this summer, but if people follow key safety advice, they can stay safe and enjoy their time at the beach and along our coastlines.

“Alongside our lifeboat crew and lifeguards, mobile phones can help people stay safe when at the coast, so improvements to coastal coverage is welcomed.

“Smartphones can help people plan their day at the coast and check things like the weather, tide times and where our lifeguards are patrolling. Mobiles also allow people to call for help quickly in an emergency situation.”

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