EE plans to deploy the new solutions created by the partnership as part of its work with the Telecom Infrastructure Project, which intends to connect remote areas of Scotland to mobile networks
The first project plans to connect an area of the Scottish Highlands and Islands in this year. To start the process, EE and Lime Micro are providing the programmable development kit to the University of the Highlands and Islands in Inverness.
The University of the Highlands and Island principal and vice-chancellor Clive Mulholland said: "The technology could be particularly relevant to our work in remote and rural health and digital innovation."
EE radio networks director Mansoor Hanif said: "Apps and smartphones revolutionised the mobile experience and this could have the same impact on the network – we’re allowing anyone to build an app that can introduce a new service or a new capability to a mobile network.
"That could be to connect a rural area of the UK for the first time, or to be part of designing how 5G works. This type of innovation is vital to evolving wireless networks, and we’re making sure that the UK is at the forefront of that."
EE runs the UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network. It serves over 31 million connections across its mobile, fixed and wholesale networks.
The company plans to roll out 4G to 95% of the UK. The expansion of its coverage, which currently reaches 60% of the UK landmass, intends to eliminate areas with no coverage, or ‘not-spots’, in rural areas.
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