Poor mobile phone coverage, in places like Ditchling, East Dean, Chailey & Wivelsfield will be a thing of the past as the Government champions a £1 billion deal with the mobile phone industry to banish rural not-spots.
The move will bring 4G coverage to 95 per cent of the UK by 2025 and be a huge boost for consumers. More people in rural areas like those across the Lewes constituency will benefit from the speed and efficiency of services on the go. Maria Caulfield MP is supportive of a £530 million 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. Consumers will be able to rely on their own provider’s network to use their mobile phones wherever they are. It follows Government proposals for an overhaul of planning rules and is part of the Prime Minister’s plan to level up the country with world-class digital infrastructure across the country to make sure homes and businesses are better connected.
Better 4G connectivity will make flexible working easier, boost regional economic growth and close the digital divide that exists across the country. The benefits will be felt across all four nations of the UK with the greatest coverage improvements in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Maria Caulfield MP said “Many residents across the rural parts of the Lewes constituency contact me with problems regarding the lack of mobile phone signal. This new deal with the UK’s biggest mobile phone networks will greatly improve mobile connectivity in rural areas boosting the economy and allowing more people to work flexibly from home. This is great news for the villages across the Lewes Constituency.”