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How Does 4g Phone Coverage In Scotland Take In Just 17% Of Country?

Discussion in 'Business News' started by MarkB, Feb 3, 2018.

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  1. MarkB

    MarkB Administrator Staff Member

  2. Needhelp

    Needhelp Member

    Is it just me but why do so many UK/Scottish government projects never seem to be completed before they move onto the next headline grabbing initiative? Why can't they just complete one before moving onto the next? There was talk of super fast broadband right across Scotland last week then we find 4g mobile phone services only cover 17% of Scotland's land mass.
     
  3. Businessman

    Businessman Member

    Simple... The entire purpose of Government projects is to grab headlines; which keeps the poliicos behind them in the limelight where they love to bask - smoke, mirrors, self-aggrandisement... Take a look into the availability/cost of satellite based broadband for instance; ideal for 'off-grid' comms and promoted elsewhere. Where does that sit on the remoter parts of the Scottish landscape?
     
  4. MarkB

    MarkB Administrator Staff Member

    Just a thought - the Scottish government in particular is very keen to roll out thousands of useless wind turbines across Scotland's beautiful landscape - surely they could incorporate 4G masts into these devices? After all they have a power supply on tap - if you believe all of these turbines actually create power :)
     
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  5. Businessman

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    It's not just a case of creating power... Or not as the case may be. Where you see a 'big-ish' isolated wind turbine, you'll often see at its base is a box with a satellite dish on it... Often these turbines are private and power farms etc, but do backfeed to the grid. - What the dish is doing is providing a two-way link to network control. The reason they do that is that it's cheaper than running a phone line to the thing! - Which might not even be physically possible.

    Remember, the masts need a connection to the network themselves, sometimes that can be achieved by a cable or point-to-point microwave, sometimes it cant!

    Before satellite there were great swathes of Scotland where television reception was impossible or very difficult! - Did you know for instance that one of the first cable-tv systems (possibly THE first) in the UK was set up in and around Saltcoats by local electrical dealer Harris's? A mast set up just below Knockrivoch farm 'relayed' signals to the town below, which was blocked from reception of signals from the Darvel or Blackhill transmitters by the steeply-sloping hills. - The Harris Relay only really started to fall out of favour when satellite dishes became smaller and more popular, and I suspect by now it's been subsumed by Virgin or the like... But our terrain does present issues, and not always just in the obscure corners of the nation.
     
  6. MarkB

    MarkB Administrator Staff Member

    A perfect example was the introduction of Channel 4 many years ago - it tooks years before all of the UK had access to watch Brookside and the like ;)
     
  7. Businessman

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    Ah! now that was down to restrictions in the available bandwidth... Channel Five was even worse! They had to go around individually re-tuning the output from people's video recorders, because the only space left was where the 'RF' output of most of them was.... The terrain issues we have are down to the fact the UHF signals do not pass easily through mountains... Even small ones. Microwave signals (like phone signals) even more so.

    ...ah! Brookside! - Killed off in its prime-time!