Scotland to boost 4G coverage with £25 million investment into Infil programme

Tuesday, March 13th 2018

Scotland’s government intends to help build new mobile networks to reach locations without 4G coverage, to boost better connectivity in these remote communities. The investment to the tune of £25 million announced by Scotland, will be to fund the ambitions 4G Infill Programme, which plans to install new mobile masts in such places. However, time scales or plan details were not mentioned, except for a map that vaguely shows dots on it, to mark 16 'notspots' that have been identified initially for the project. The investment in the 4G Infil programme eventually will be for some 60 to 70 such areas and for sites totally without coverage, such as in the regions of the Highlands and Islands.


The Scottish Connectivity Secretary, Fergus Ewing, said that to ensure that businesses, communities and people can stay connected, a widespread, reliable and high-speed mobile coverage is as vital as broadband. He went on to say that improving coverage is important to their ambition to turn fully digitally connected and the Mobile Action Plan will show how they are working to improve it with other partners and industry. The Infill programme would aim at areas where the most difference can be made, achieving a cost-effective, better connectivity for the most challenging and remote areas, he added.


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