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Caring about visual impact

Saturday, 03 December 2022

The Scottish Government’s Scottish 4G Infill Programme (S4GI) is a £28.75 million initiative delivering 4G infrastructure and services in up to 55 mobile “notspots” in rural and remote parts of Scotland. S4GI is being delivered in partnership with WHP Telecoms and the Scottish Futures Trust, and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support activity in the Highlands and Islands.

Building masts which are aesthetically pleasing is important to the programme and WHP Telecoms always explores every angle to minimise the visual impact of the sites. This not only helps to secure a trusted site provider, but it helps forge positive community relationships.

The S4GI mast at Glenborrodale, Highland was built in an ancient forest on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. As the picture shows, this mast was painted in two tones. The bottom part is designed to blend in with the wood and forest and the top half blends in with the sky backdrop. 

To finish the site off, new planting was instated around the compound.

The end result was the community benefiting from digital connectivity whilst still maintaining the beauty of the area around the mast. 

Find out more about the S4GI programme here: Scottish 4G infill programme: progress update - (