Nature is fighting back as trees begin affecting mobile network reception

Nature is fighting back as trees begin affecting mobile network reception

In wonderfully ironic news, it turns out that trees planted by network providers, to offset the construction of mobile masts back in the 90’s, have now grown so tall that they are hindering reception for customers. A survey by EE has discovered that almost a third of their 36,000 mobile masts are currently affected by trees overtaking them in height, and it appears there’s nothing they can do about it. This is because they aren’t allowed to chop the trees down or increase the height of the masts themselves.

Network providers are currently seeking to increase the height of these masts, with the government pledging to review existing rules. There is even support from the Countryside Alliance, who aim to improve coverage in rural areas so that they can stay connected with the rest of the country. That said, networks have been told that local opposition could still derail any construction plans put into motion.

So the next time you can’t get any signal, don’t go blaming your provider – blame nature, and specifically those smug looking trees.

[Via Telegraph / Gizmondo ]

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 30, 2015 at 12:01

Yeah, screw nature - what's it ever done for us except feed us, provide materials for shelter etc... what, eh? Napalm is what I say. Nukes for pesky mountains.
Better yet: lets all move into one big camp. "WiFi Makes Free" could be the motto.
Give the rest of the land to Monsanto and Donald Trump.
Gee, did we just solve all our problems? Brill!

CarlPhillips  Mar. 31, 2015 at 10:21

@JanSt: It's a fool-proof plan, and I foresee there will be no negative consequences to such a move. *picks up the near chainsaw* Let's roll...

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 31, 2015 at 12:00

What was that Therapy album again? AH, yes - "Suicide pact - You first" ....

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