SURE 4G Expansion
The project agreements, signed today at FIDC’s Board meeting by Hamish Wylie, Chair of the Development Corporation and Sure’s Chief Executive Justin McPhee, will provide for new and additional 4G Mobile connectivity across the rural community, building on other mobile investments being made by Sure and the Falkland Islands Government.
Sure are committing to installation of new 4G infrastructure over the Camp, covering key areas of benefit for the residents in these areas - and opening up opportunities to develop business uses for mobile broadband in science, agriculture, and tourism activity. Sure and FIDC have ambitions to trial possible technology solutions to best utilise this 4G technology, once the network build out is completed.
Sure are planning installation of six new High Power, 800MHz 4G base stations and associated infrastructure for installation in the rural network, together with redeployment of two existing Low Power 1800MHz 4G Base stations - and installation of six “Nano cells” (small ‘in-building’ services) at tourist locations for example. This equipment will integrate within the existing mobile network and be monitored and supported by Sure. Equipment will be deployed at Goose Green, Malo Hill, Sussex Mountains, Bombilla Hill, Fox Bay, North Arm, Channel Hill and Fitzroy.
Martin Slater, commenting at Wednesday’s FIDC Board meeting, says;
“We are delighted to launch this initiative today – in line with our new Corporate Plan, which emphasises collaborative working across the private sector and FIG. For a long time, digital connectivity has appeared as a barrier to business growth. We are striving harder to overcome this and our shared initiative with Sure is a big project that can change lives in Camp”.
Chief Executive of Sure, Justin McPhee agrees;
“In addition to our existing investments across the camp network we are very pleased to work with FIDC to announce this new investment for additional 4G rural coverage. Use of mobile data has increased significantly since Sure installed the 4G network in 2018 and this exciting project will extend coverage to a larger part of the rural areas of the islands providing new opportunities from enhanced connectivity.”
Work is expected to start early in 2021.