O2 and Vodafone customers to get better signal in Richmondshire

A diagram submitted with the application which shows the improvements to 3G coverage.

A new mobile phone base station is planned for Colburn to improve Vodafone and O2 3G and 4G coverage.

A planning application has been submitted for the mast at the electrical substation off Catterick Road, Colburn.

The mast would be 20 metres high and would transmit signals to and from both Vodafone and 02 mobiles which now share a network.

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Experts say the new equipment would improve 2G, 3G and 4G signals in the Catterick Garrison, Colburn, Catterick Village and Brompton-on-Swale areas.

The application has been submitted to Richmondshire District Council and will be decided later this year.

Documents submitted with the application state: “Although the operators’ networks are mature, improvements, upgrades and new sites are required for their networks for a number of reasons.

“For example, to increase capacity in an area of high demand, to provide new or improved network coverage in terms of quality as well as extent, or perhaps to provide coverage over a new development area such as a new housing estate or industrial park.

“In this case, Vodafone and Telefónica (which operates O2) have identified a need to develop a new shared base station to provide network improvements.”

A map showing the predicted improvements to 4G.

For the planning application documents click here.