Local MP Jo Swinson today welcomed the launch of a new consultation which could see mobile phone providers forced to share infrastructure to help eliminate signal 'not-spots'.
At present, nearly 10% of East Dunbartonshire falls within a partial mobile phone ‘not-spot’, with service from just one or two mobile phone providers; in Glasgow the figure is just 0.2%.
Jo is encouraging local people to have their say on the UK Government's plans by visiting: gov.uk/government/news/eliminating-poor-mobile-coverage or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The consultation proposes introducing national roaming, which would see phones roam onto another network’s signal when theirs is not available, and networks sharing transmitter masts.
Commenting, Jo said:
“It can be incredibly frustrating not being able to get mobile phone signal when you most need it. Many of our businesses rely on mobiles for their trade so the benefits of boosting coverage for our local economy are substantial.
“Liberal Democrats in the UK government have delivered more than £120 million to support the spread of high speed internet across Scotland but as many local people know to their cost, mobile phone coverage remains something of a lottery.
"National roaming and minimum coverage requirements could be a huge step in the right direction. The consultation closes on 26 November and I encourage anyone who is frustrated at the poor coverage we receive in many parts of East Dunbartonshire to send in their views."