First 4G coverage arrives in Rothesay

A screenshot from the EE website showing the extent of the network's 4G coverage on Bute.

A screenshot from the EE website showing the extent of the network's 4G coverage on Bute.

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As smartphones overtake laptops as Scotland’s favourite device for getting online, 4G mobile coverage has arrived on Bute - for some customers at least.

4G coverage is now available to mobile users on the EE network in parts of Bute via the Toward transmitter opposite Rothesay Bay, enabling EE customers to benefit from vastly improved download speeds.

Rothesay resident John Rushworth contacted The Buteman on Wednesday to pass on the news shortly after discovering that for the first time he was able to benefit from 4G speeds.

“The download speed I got at half past six on Tuesday night was 31.6MBPS [megabytes per second],” John told us, “which is five or six times faster than before.

“I don’t know when it happened, but it’s absolutely staggering - although it’s not cheap.”

4G coverage is not yet available on Bute on the Vodafone, o2 and Three networks, on which the extent of even 3G coverage is variable at best.

The arrival of 4G coverage on Bute comes in the week that Ofcom Scotland revealed that smartphones are now more popular than laptops for accessing the internet.

The organisation’s latest communications survey found that around 37 per cent of respondents mostly used a smartphone to get online, compared to 26 per cent who mostly used a laptop and 27 per cent for tablets.

More than three in five adults in Scotland - 63 per cent, to be exact - now own a smartphone.