Government to invest in better mobile phone coverage in rural ‘notspots’
Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has welcomed the announcement by the UK government of a £150 million investment in greater mobile network coverage across rural areas.
The new mobile infrastructure development will enable rural users to access the 3G network as well as 2G and provide a foundation for a future 4G upgrade. The investment in so-called “notspots” will significantly improve communication for businesses and consumers across the Highlands and Islands.
Mr Carmichael said: “Poor mobile phone signal is a problem that has refused to go away since I was first elected in 2001. For too long, people in the Northern Isles and across the Highlands and Islands have been at the back of the queue when it comes to network improvements and there are still a number of black spots around the Isles.
“I have lost count of the number of times that I have been on my mobile phone at home only to lose the call as the coverage just disappears.
“The Labour government talked a good game on digital services in more rural areas but did not deliver for the Highlands and Islands. Homes and businesses across northern Scotland still do not have access to the level of internet and mobile phone services they need and the coalition government is committed to rectifying this situation.
“Following from the money the government is putting into boosting broadband across the Highlands and Islands, this new investment in our mobile digital signal network is welcome news indeed.”