RNLI lifeguard Henry Bramwell-Reeks patrolling Bournemouth beach on a sunny summer day.

EE has added extra mobile capacity to several popular coastal locations in Essex, in anticipation of a bumper ‘staycation summer’.
Upgrades to the 4G network have already been completed in Maldon, with enhancements to the network in Clacton-on-Sea taking place over the next few months. This is alongside the rollout of its 5G network which has already been switched on in Southend-on-Sea.
The extra mobile capacity will bring better coverage and increased speeds in high-demand areas. Mobile users will have better signal to make calls from these locations and faster data speeds to access the internet and apps.
The enhanced 4G coverage forms an integral part of Britain’s Emergency Services Network (ESN), which is already providing critical communications for some first responder and emergency agencies, allowing them to stay connected whilst they fulfil their vital public safety roles.

As the RNLI prepares for an exceptionally busy summer, visitors to coastal areas are being encouraged to plan their trips and access beach safety advice online. The RNLI has also provided advice on how people can use their mobile phone to stay safe while visiting the coast.
Important information on where people can find their nearest lifeguarded beach, what dangers they could face, and what to do in an emergency can be found by visiting:
Marc Allera, CEO Consumer Division, BT, said: “With many popular seaside locations expecting a busy summer, we’re pleased to be providing improved coastal connectivity.

“The upgrades to our network will help ensure our customers stay connected this summer, even at the busiest times. The additional capacity delivered through improvements to our 4G network, alongside the continued roll-out of our 5G network, will help people make the most of their time at the coast, and also provide a valuable lifeline, if an emergency occurs.”

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