Users of mobile phones in Cocking will be aware that the service provided by EE (formerly Orange) is only a 2G one. That means that it is fine for telephone calls (when it's working), but not useful for Internet browsing or other more challenging uses such as streaming video.
It seems that all this is due to change following a planning application that EE lodged last March which has just been approved. As a result, the commpany will be making a major upgrade to the equipment linked to the mast adjacent to Hillbarn Farm, overlooking the village. That upgrade will enable EE to offer 3G and 4G services in the area.
In its application EE states that "The existing installation provides 2G coverage for EE in the local area, as well as forming part of their wider linked network. The proposed equipment upgrade would enhance the operational effectiveness of the site and would introduce new 3G and 4G services to the EE network, along with 3G services for
In addition to enhanced voice and texts services, this will allow customers to use ultra-fast speeds when browsing the internet, streaming videos, or sending emails wherever they are. By providing a "virtual office environment" there are significant potential benefits in terms of reduced commuting; which is helpful in supporting the sustainable development agenda. It also means faster downloads on the go. It has been possible to introduce these services through a minor equipment upgrade at an existing site rather than through the introduction of additional base stations in the locality."
It remains to be seen when the work will take place and how much interruption, if any, there will be to the existing service.