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Foula. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

MASTS which would bring more comprehensive 4G mobile data coverage to Foula and Skerries are back on the agenda following interest from operator EE.

The masts are part of the Scottish Government’s 4G infill programme, which aims to bring greater mobile data coverage to remote parts of the country.

Masts in Foula and Skerries were taken out of the programme last year due to a lack of interest from mobile operators.

Reawick is the only site in Shetland which has gone live as part of the programme so far.

But the Scottish Government said planning consent and landowner permission are now in place for the sites at Ham in Foula and Bruray in Skerries, with the installation to be scheduled.

There is understood to be some partial 4G coverage in the islands already, but it is limited.

Mobile data coverage in Foula was also mentioned during a meeting of Shetland’s health and care partnership this week in an update on future nursing provision in non-doctor islands.

Chief nurse (corporate) Edna Mary Watson suggested the anticipated greater coverage in Foula could “enhance access for services”.