1990 Coverage List


Attached is Cellnet's new Coverage Guide, which now contains 1772 locations, including each motorway section.

The coverage criterion is based on a Class II mobile cellphone. Coverage for hand held cellphones will be somewhat smaller. Introduction of new cells may be subject to delays in obtaining planning permission, site owner's consent, detailed radio survey work etc. Certain conventions have been adopted regarding service availability for a given location as follows:

Coverage Cell ID Service Date Definition

N None None No coverage planned

N Cell ID None Coverage date in 1990 to be determined

N Cell ID Future date To be covered

F Cell ID Past date In service - fringe

I Cell ID Future date Improvements planned for area of existing fringe coverage

C Cell ID Past date In service - cover.

The Cell ID quoted against a location is that cell providing cover at this point in time. As new cells come into service, transfers will take place.

    • Old cell fringe cover to new cell fringe cover
    • Old cell fringe cover to new cell cover
    • Old cell cover to new cell cover.

This document is only a guide and should not be considered as a definitive coverage map. The coverage of cells which are not yet on the air can only be accurately assessed by technical surveys which take place as the cells are commissioned. The most significant factor governing coverage is the terrain surrounding the places listed in the Guide. Where places are closely surrounded by significantly higher ground, retailers should seek guidance from Cellnet regarding the coverage that may be expected.

Coverage may change with varying radio propagation under different weather conditions.


Key to Note Field

C = covered

F = fringe coverage

N = no coverage

I = improvements planned

* = change of data since last issue of Coverage Guide

e = channel capacity increased since last issue of Coverage Guide

@= new data - improvements planned for area of existing fringe coverage


Cellnet is pleased to announce plans to introduce coverage into the Orkney, Shetland and Outer Hebrides Island groups in 1990. Coverage will also be extended to the Northernmost parts of Scotland by new cells in the vicinity of the ports of Wick and Thurso.

The benefits of the extended service will be felt not only by land users but also by those on board sea-going vessels as important fishing straits such as the Pentland Firth, The Minch, The Little Minch and further areas of The North Sea and Atlantic Ocean will be covered from cells on the islands.

The new cell on the Orkneys and the cell near Wick are due in the early part of 1990; Thurso is scheduled to become active in the Summer of 1990 and cells on the Isle of Lewis and the Island of Skye will follow later in the year.


Cellnet's present coverage extends in South Wales to Fishguard and in North Wales to Anglesey. We are in the process of implementing plans to extend coverage significantly into mid Wales and link the North with the South via the main roads. In addition we are adding a large number of new cell-sites in existing areas to provide capacity for expansion as well as strengthening local coverage.

New coverage will be provided in the North by a string of new sites along the A5 from Llangollen to Betws-y-coed. A new cell at Conwy on the North coast will improve coverage in that area. A new cell at Oswestry was activated in December to introduce coverage on the Wales/England border. The A5 sites are scheduled for activation in the Spring/Summer period of 1990.

In mid Wales, work on a series of new cell-sites is in progress to provide cellular service on the major North-South roads, the A470, the A487 and the A483. Llandrindod Wells, Newtown, Welshpool, Dolgellau, Porthmadog, Aberystwyth and Machynlleth are amongst the towns that will benefit from the new cell-sites. Mid Wales sites are expected to be ready for activation from late Summer 1990 onwards.

In South Wales, new sites are under implementation to extend coverage in the following areas: Monmouth, Merthyr Tydfil, Ebbw Vale, Port Talbot and Brecon. Cells in the South will begin coming into service in the Spring of 1990 and further activations will continue throughout the year. Capacity on the M4 will also be increased as well as local coverage improved by the addition of a number of cells around Newport, Cardiff and Swansea.

Service from the sites in mid Wales may necessarily be restricted in parts of the roads and towns as the particularly mountainous terrain in the area will limit the spread of coverage.



Cellnet is pleased to announce an important event in the North of England which is scheduled to take place at the end of February 1990 and which will result in immediate benefits being felt by all our customers.

Existing coverage will be strengthened and supplemented by new cells and the call handling capacity in the region will be dramatically increased due to additional 1200 (approximate figure) voice channels being brought into service.

This major exercise is centred in Manchester where new switches have been introduced into the Cellnet System. The programme involves integrating as many as twenty-seven new cells into the Cellnet network, enhancing thirty-six existing operational cells and re-tuning the frequencies on certain active cells in order to accommodate the new channels being introduced.

The following cells are scheduled for activation:

Details of the cells to be enhanced along with the actual dates of the exercise and any effects expected to be experienced by customers will be available on the Cellnet Information Line prior to the event.

The Cellnet Information Line is accessed by calling 210 from your mobile or 0860 210210 from a land line.

I have grouped the list of 1772 locations, to list the 625 cell Ids, each with the area they serve.

Ive added the C,F,N code for covered, fringe and no cover along with the date brought into service

Its interesting that cell ID 1 is missing perhaps that was the PO tower ?