A telecommunications giant is applying to install new phone masts in the Harborough area as part of its rollout for faster 4G mobile phone services.
Telefonica, the parent company of O2, has asked for planning permission for replacement masts on the Riverside Industrial Estate, off Rockingham Road, in Market Harborough; in Glebe Road, Little Bowden; and Melton Road in West Langton.
In the supporting information for the planning documents, the firm explains it is part of its 4G scheme for the area. It states: “These base stations currently provides 2G and 3G coverage to the surrounding area.
“These applications propose to redevelop the existing base station sites as part of the operators’ plan to upgrade their sites in the Harborough area to provide additional 2G, 3G and 4G services.
“4G is the next major enhancement of mobile radio communication networks. It will allow customers to use ultra-fast speeds when browsing the internet, streaming videos or sending emails wherever they are.
“It also allows faster downloads on the go.”
The 4G technology is about five times faster than the 3G network currently offered in Market Harborough.
A spokesman for O2 said: “We’re submitting planning applications all the time to get ready to bring 4G services across the country.
“Planning applications are subject to the relevant approval process and will help us prepare in bringing 4G to the area in the coming months.
“Unfortunately, we cannot confirm any timescales at this stage.
“Services powered by 4G will enable O2 customers to be more collaborative, more efficient and more productive.
“We’re spending about £2m a day on our network this year to improve 2G and 3G – we have a modernisation programme happening across the country for those services as well as rolling out 4G.”
People can register for updates on O2’s 4G plans at www.o2.co.uk/getupdates.