WORK is beginning today to bring 4G signals to the remote Yarrow Valley.

Digital communications firm O2 is installing equipment this week at Dryhope, near to St Mary's Loch, which will bring high speed mobile internet to dozens of householders as well as the thousands of visitors each year.

Subject to successful implementation and testing, it is expected the 4G signal will go live before Christmas.

Derek McManus, chief operating officer with Telefónica UK, told the Border Telegraph: “I’m delighted that O2 customers in the Dryhope area will soon be able to experience faster mobile internet making everything easier when using their phone or tablet.

"They’ll be able to stream high definition TV, shop on the go and use video calling.

"For our business customers, using 4G means they can be more effective and flexible by working remotely, accessing cloud services and collaborating using apps.”

O2 currently offers 4G in over 16,000 cities, towns and villages across the UK and spends the equivalent of £2 million a day on strengthening its network and increasing its reach.