Too many 'not spots'

Fife leader urges better mobile connectivity

Lesley LairdConcerns have been raised over patchy mobile service and one council has urged the Scottish Government to address the issue.

Coun Lesley Laird, depute leader and economy spokesman at Fife Council has written to Business Minister Fergus Ewing to demand there is an improvement to connectivity.

Her comments follow Ofcom’s data on mobile coverage which reveals a number of gaps throughout the region.

A study by the RAC Foundation last year revealed that nearly 10% of Fife’s road network (157 miles) is in ‘partial not-spots’, not having coverage from all four mobile network operators.

Coun Laird said: “Mobile broadband needs to be urgently improved. Patchy mobile signals continue to affect users across Fife, and unreliable mobile coverage is one of the biggest issues affecting Fife’s businesses, as well as local residents.

“It was hoped that the lack of mobile coverage would be addressed in part by broadband delivery, UK’s Mobile Infrastructure Project.

“Unfortunately, this project has failed to meet its targets, with only three new sites being confirmed in Scotland – none of which is in Fife.

“Fife’s Chamber of Commerce and our local Federation of Small Businesses have raised concerns around poor mobile coverage, particularly the coverage of Fife’s road network. Fife has one of the largest roads networks of any Scottish local authority covering a significant rural area where phone signal is critical in the event of emergencies as well as general business operations.”

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