<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />Travelers in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Iceland can expect to have full GSM-coverage everywhere on the ring road from January 2008, according to Fréttabladid daily.
Earlier this year, the Icelandic Ministry of Communications launched a major effort to establish a full GSM-coverage on the ring road of Iceland as well as on five mountain roads outside the ring road: Fródárheidi in Snaefellsnes, Fagridalur and Fjardarheidi in the east of Iceland, Thverárfjall between the towns of Skagaströnd and Saudárkrókur and Steingrímsfjardarheidi in the Westfjords. Furthermore, a powerful transmitter will be installed on the island of Flatey in Breidafjördur that is expected to provide the southern coast of the Westfjords with a GSM-connection.
The ministry has also invited contractors to submit offers to establish network coverage for 800 km of roads in Iceland. Jóhannes Tómasson, an employee of the ministry, told Fréttabladid that constructions should be completed within the next two years.