Politicians backing phone signal plans

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Two North-east politicians have backed Government plans to eliminate poor mobile coverage, which could benefit Deeside and Donside.

Local MP Sir Robert Smith has welcomed the launch of the new consultation which could see mobile phone providers forced to share infrastructure to help eliminate signal ‘not-spots’.

Proposals included in the new consultation would introduce national roaming, which would see phones roam onto another networks signal when theirs is not available, and networks sharing transmitter masts. The consultation will also seek views on the introduction of minimum coverage requirements for networks that would see them obliged to cover a certain percentage of the UK.

At present, 32.8% of Aberdeenshire falls within partial mobile phone not spots, with service from just one or two mobile phone providers.

Sir Robert said: “National roaming and minimum coverage requirements could be a big step in the right direction for mobile signal in West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine. The consultation closes on 26 Novermber and I would encourage anyone frustrated at the poor coverage we receive in many parts of the North-east to consider making a submission.”

Scottish Conservative candidate Alexander Burnett also welcomed last week’s announcement by the Government that they want to eliminate poor mobile phone coverage across Britain.

Alexander, who has focused on improving signal in his campaign, said: “I am delighted that the UK Government is listening to the people of Britain whose lives and businesses are made much more difficult by lack of mobile phone coverage.’

“No-where is this issue of more importance than in Rural Aberdeenshire where around a fifth of the area is blighted by lack of coverage.”

More details at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/eliminating-poor-mobile-coverage.