A MOBILE phone operator has upgraded mobile sites across the county to ensure better superfast 4G internet coverage.

4G is the fourth generation of mobile phone technology, making it possible to browse web pages, make video calls and download music and video on the move, at a much faster speed.

The high speed internet will be delivered to communities including Evesham and Stourport-on-Severn after EE upgraded 93 mobile sites in the county, in the past year, including new masts. It is part of EE investment to connect rural areas of the UK and provide coverage for the new Emergency Services Network, which will connect 300,000 UK emergency services personnel.

EE is working with Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership to improve mobile phone coverage so more people can now access 4G, some for the first time in the area.

Worcestershire County Councillor Ken Pollock, cabinet member with responsibility for economy and infrastructure, said: “Improving mobile signals in rural areas is key to helping us compete as a county, and we welcome EE’s investment in improving the digital infrastructure within Worcestershire.

"New masts are helping to provide coverage for our residents and local businesses and will further benefit our tourism industry, with some residents seeing 4G capabilities for the first time. This investment clearly shows the commitment of the county council and EE to providing the best possible mobile coverage in Worcestershire.”

Simon Frumkin, MD of Emergency Services Network at EE, added: “We’re investing across the UK to improve mobile coverage. We’ve built more than 350 new sites in the past 12 months that are providing EE coverage to areas for the first time, and there are hundreds more to go (nationally). This will improve access to the digital economy across the country as well as provide 4G coverage for the Emergency Services Network."