FSB; The UK government must act to fix Scotland’s “unacceptable” mobile phone coverage

The UK government must act to fix Scotland’s “unacceptable” mobile phone coverage, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is set to tell MPs.

(Article Source via BBC News)

The FSB says official figures show 17% of Scotland’s landmass has 4G mobile coverage, compared to 60% in England.

It will also tell Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee that superfast broadband availability still lags behind the UK as a whole.

The UK government say coverage where people live and work is improving.

The Scottish Affairs Committee is currently investigating digital connectivity in Scotland.

The industry regulator Ofcom has produced figures showing indoor 4G coverage in Scotland sits at 53% in Scotland, while it is 58% across the UK and 60% in England.

It also says superfast broadband availability is 87% north of the border, but 91% UK-wide and 92% for customers in England.

Representatives of the FSB will tell the committee on Monday that Scotland-specific coverage obligations should be attached to future mobile spectrum sales.


Article Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-42902978