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Mobile Access North Yorkshire programme to begin in Coverdale

14/10/20

Mark Say Managing Editor

Coverdale has been identified as the first location for work under the Mobile Access North Yorkshire (MANY) programme.

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North Yorkshire County Council said the project will involve setting up a 5G phone network for residents to test new technology.

MANY is a two-year project aimed at helping areas with little or no mobile phone coverage, is led by Quickline Communications and backed by a £6 million grant from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as a 5G testbed.

North Yorkshire said that Quickline will work with mobile network operators to develop an agreement aimed at sustaining connectivity past the end of the project.

The company’s chief executive officer Steve Jagger said it will talk with residents to build the right network and find the right mobile solutions, and that this could influence the future of rural connectivity more widely.

The councillor for Coverdale on North Yorkshire County Council, Karin Sedgwick, said: “For so long areas like Coverdale haven’t been able to use the technology the majority of us take for granted. I am pleased that the MANY project can see the potential of Coverdale and hope that the community and the surrounding areas embrace this unique and exciting opportunity.”

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