Ross welcomes UK Government funding to improve mobile coverage

MORAY MP Douglas Ross has welcomed a £1 billion funding package which is set to boost mobile coverage across the UK particularly in rural areas of Scotland such as Moray.

Commenting after the UK Government announced they were working with major providers to banish rural-not spots and provide high quality 4G to 95% of the UK by 2025, Douglas said: “Poor mobile reception, or no phone signal at all, is one of the issues that constituents regularly raise with me at surgeries. So I know that this will be welcome news to many people across Moray.

“In this day and age it’s crucial that residents and businesses, particularly in rural areas, have access to good connectivity. This unique partnership between the UK Government and the four major mobile providers will ensure that happens.

“This proposal will see the UK Government investing £500 million with EE, O2, Three and Vodafone investing £530 million in a network of new and existing phone masts which they would share so customers get a proper service regardless of where they are, not just if their particular provider has a mast there.

“For too long, people have suffered because of poor phone signal across Moray, this announcement should reassure them how seriously we are taking their concerns.”