The mobile mast was up and running by May 2015. The 4G coverage that it brings to most of the island is important and valuable not only for the small businesses, locals and visitors but also for the various utility companies serving Coll.
Following a visit in the summer of 2015 by consultants from Mono and Vodafone, the mast was tweaked to enhance coverage in the village. The east end remains poorly covered until Sorisdale when the pick-up comes from the mast on Mull. Not only does most of the island have good coverage but the signal also reaches parts of the north of Mull which were not covered before, and more importantly to a large area of Tiree, particularly around the pier.
With the addition of EE and BT to the mast, it is now generating an annual operating surplus. Development Coll are continuing to pursue the next stage which is to use the mast (or suitable alternative options) to bring the equivalent of fibre-optic-speed broadband to the village.
The island is indebted to all of those who have helped to make this mast possible, and we are pleased that it is proving to be of benefit to so many people.