Welcome for pledge on mobile coverage

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed Ofcom’s five-point plan to improve mobile-phone coverage and its news that three of the four mobile providers have hit their target to cover 90 per cent of the UK population.

“Mobile-phone reception is vital for rural homes and businesses, but the reception you get on the ground can vary distinctly from that predicted by your provider,” said Countryside Alliance head of policy, Sarah Lee.

“That’s why we launched our Sick of No Signal campaign earlier this year to try to map the reality of no-spots in the countryside.”

As part of the campaign, people across the UK have been taking signal samples with their smartphones.

The Ofcom five-point plan includes an undertaking to extend coverage to the 10 per cent of the UK population who live in hard-to-reach areas and to improve coverage on roads and railways.