For far too many of us, it’s difficult to get a signal on our phone – far less connect to the internet. It’s time the UK government acted on mobile coverage blackspots.
A new report found that just 17 per cent of Scotland’s landmass has 4G coverage, compared to 60 per cent in England. In comparison to our Nordic neighbours – that also have challenging landscapes – the UK’s performance is even worse.
In government, we’ve published the UK’s first Mobile Action Plan and we’re taking forward a programme to tackle ‘not-spots’ – areas with no or little internet coverage.
But the reality is, mobile connectivity laws are reserved to Westminster so we’re calling for the UK government to:
📱 Match Scottish Government funding to address gaps in 4G coverage
📱 Deliver a ‘rural areas first’ policy for new 5G licensing
📱 Support our ambition for Scotland to be a testbed for new technologies and business models
📱 Set a new UK-wide target for mobile internet coverage to match the best in Europe and publish an Action Plan to achieve it - backed up with adequate funding