ee1Good news for anyone struggling to get a decent mobile signal or having to go without high-speed broadband in rural areas as EE are planning on using new technology to get around current connection problems.

EE are reportedly going to be connecting over 1500 communities in rural areas using brand new 'micro network technology'. It works by using smaller mobile antennas which will wirelessly connect to larger antennas. EE will make a start on bringing 3G and 4G for mobile phones to rural communities at the beginning of 2015 and will also aim to facilitate high-speed broadband connections by the end of 2017.

The smaller antennas are relatively low cost, do not require planning permission and just 3 or 4 antennas are needed to hook up around 150 properties in a half-mile radius. They are also quick and easy to install and are a very cost effective way of bringing 4G and high speed broadband to areas which find it hard to even get a reliable 3G signal. Cumbria will be the first part of the UK to benefit from the new technology with the hope that the whole of Great Britain can enjoy the same level of mobile and broadband coverage over the next few years.