All things mobile

Going the extra mile in Clova, Angus

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 Ltd. and the Scottish Futures Trust and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support activity in the Highlands and Islands.

Connecting remote areas and being able to supply life changing digital connectivity to local businesses and residents is one of the main aims of this programme.

This S4GI mast in Clova, Angus is located in the heart of the Angus Glens within the Cairngorms National Park. The site will provide over 425 square kilometres of 4G coverage to the local community and wider area.

Building this site in Clova required extensive consultation and discussions with Angus Council during the planning process. 

The WHP team and build partners have extensive experience working within the Angus Glens and part of this build included crafting a new access track to the site (over 1200 metres in length). Minimising the impact to both the existing peatland and landscape was important so only as dug materials were used and the verges of the track were re-dressed.

It is important to the S4GI programme that a positive outcome is delivered to all parties resulting in a site that will transform the lives of local residents, hotels and businesses that previously lacked mobile connectivity.

This is another example of WHP Telecoms adopting sustainable construction methods and going the extra mile.