MOBILE PHONE NETWORK operators are being warned that they must set out what plans they have to improve and expand 3G and 4G services in Moray.
Local MP Angus Robertson has pledged to continue his long-running campaign to see improved mobile network coverage in his constituency – with fewer ‘black spots’ and better data connections high on the agenda.
The MP revealed that in recent weeks he has written to all major mobile network providers and asked them to “clearly set out” their plans for Moray, in particular expansion plans for voice coverage and greater 3G and 4G coverage.
Mr Robertson said: “The issue of poor, intermittent and no mobile coverage has grown in importance in recent years as mobile phone use has become almost universal.
“Mobile Network Operators provide a good service for many people but that must not be at the expense of coverage in more rural areas like Moray. It is very important that for the people who have less reliable access there is confidence that serious efforts are being made to improve that network access.
“I have asked the Network Operators to set out clearly what strategic investment and work they have planned for their networks in Moray and I would urge constituents across the region to continue reporting to their providers issues about ‘blackspots’, so-called ‘not-spots’ and lack of coverage.
“It is hugely important that we are not left behind and the so-called ‘digital divide’ allowed to grow. Instead we need to maximise coverage and access for all to digital services, including the mobile voice and data networks.”