South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed plans by government to give high quality 4G coverage to 95% of the UK by 2025.
The Government is supporting a £530m proposal from the UK’s mobile network operators for a Shared Rural Network, with the potential for it to be matched by £500 million investment from Government. This would be a world-first deal with EE, O2, Three and Vodafone investing in a network of new and existing phone masts they would all share, to provide additional coverage to 280,000 homes and businesses and 16,000km of roads.
Government-owned mobile infrastructure built as part of the Emergency Services Network will also be made available to all four operators, helping to provide coverage in some of the most remote, rural locations.
Mr Dunne said: “This proposal is great news for people in South Shropshire. While mobile phone signal has improved, it can vary greatly depending on which operator you are with, and where you might be in the county. So a mast sharing agreement should provide much more consistent coverage, particularly if coupled with further investment in the mast network.
The government is also making the most of the new Emergency Services Network to boost coverage to the most rural locations, which again should benefit South Shropshire.”