Council has received the following update from the Mobile Access North Yorkshire project team.

Friday 8th October saw some of the initial core infrastructure deployed in West Scrafton and Leyburn. This allows the network – when it is ready – to connect Coverdale to the main core system.

Through testing, Quickline Communications have been able to confirm the reliability of the network and will continue out to establish the bandwidth this will provide along with how far coverage will reach. This ongoing work will not stop the network being deployed in Coverdale.

The infrastructure requires different parts of the system to connect to each other and this has taken longer than anticipated. Because of this, the project will launch a 4G service initially. We aim that this will be tested the week commencing the 1st November via Quickline. If there are no problems during testing, we hope that the network will go live to those who have agreed to be part of the project the week commencing 8th November. With this in mind, we will be in touch with those residents at the end of the week commencing the 1st November to confirm whether or not the network will go live and confirm next steps.

The upgrade to 5G will take place as soon as the final issues are ironed out.

We are carrying out proof of concept trials – this means that our teams test out the equipment with existing connectivity (either in labs or outside in a location which has access to a network). Some of these have included testing sensors out cameras and sensors, which will be erected on the Tupgill Estate.

The project is also beginning to engage with residents in Arkengarthdale to ask whether they would be interested in taking part in the project. This work will not distract from the network in Coverdale.

Further information can be found on our Twitter and Facebook pages @MobileaccessNY