Mobile phone signal is on the agenda for MPs, thanks to a petition calling for improved coverage.
Signed by more than 2,000 Shropshire residents, the petition ‘Get Us Connected’ called for the government to put pressure on major mobile phone networks to improve coverage in rural areas.
It has been a recurring theme of late and the government has pledged to help. Minister of state for culture and the digital economy, Ed Vaizey MP said to shropshirestar.com: “It can’t be right that a fifth of the UK – including residents in parts of Shropshire – can’t use their mobiles to make a call or send texts.
“That’s why we’re investing £150 million to tackle poor mobile coverage across the country and working with mobile network operators to address the issues.”
As the UK strives for better connection there was also news this week of a £100 million investment which will improve 4G phone coverage in Britain’s cities. Thanks to backing from a US provider, new wireless infrastructure will be built over the next few years. These antennas and masts will be rented out to networks such as EE, O2 and Vodafone, reports ft.com.
The concept mirrors those already in place in the US where 80 per cent of towers are rented by network providers rather than owned. This frees up capital to invest and lowers operation costs.
Having good connection is an important issue for people who rely on being able to send texts, make calls and use the internet from their mobiles, so this will be welcome news, particularly for those in ‘notspot’ areas.