How is the SNP working to improve mobile coverage across Scotland?

The SNP in Government is committed to working with industry to improve mobile coverage across Scotland.

To do so, the Scottish Government are working closely with the industry through the Mobile Action Plan. This contains a series of measures designed to improve and increase coverage across Scotland, such as:

  • further planning reform,
  • using publicly-owned land and buildings for telecoms,
  • maximizing the impact of the UK Government’s 4G-based Emergency Services Network and
  • the development of a Mobile Infill Project to extend coverage into rural areas not served by commercial rollout

The Mobile Action Plan will help to ensure the Scottish Government uses its powers to guarantee people benefit from better mobile coverage, even though the primary responsibility lies with the UK Government.

The Scottish Government have announced a £25 million project, The Scottish 4G Infill Programme, to address mobile ‘notspots’ across Scotland. The programme will fund a new mobile telephone masts in locations with no existing 4G mobile coverage to improve mobile connectivity for communities and businesses.

We will develop a 5G strategy that allows Scotland to gain first-mover advantage from this emerging technology.