Call for im­proved mo­bile cov­er­age on is­lands

The Oban Times - - News -

HEAD of in­fra­struc­ture at Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil has writ­ten to the West­min­ster Gov­ern­ment to raise con­cerns about the num­ber of is­lands that are not in­cluded on a tar­get list for mo­bile phone sig­nal im­prove­ments.

Pippa Milne says she is con­cerned that not hav­ing the ser­vice puts the peo­ple who live in th­ese ar­eas at a dis­ad­van­tage.

Tiree, Iona, Colon­say, Lu­ing, Gigha, Lis­more, Bute, Ulva and Ker­rera are all miss­ing from the gov­ern­ment’s plan to im­prove mo­bile phone con­nec­tiv­ity.

She said: ‘Com­mu­ni­ca­tion links on th­ese is­lands are cru­cial and more so in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.’

She con­tin­ued: ‘Very few set­tle­ments [in Ar­gyll] ben­e­fit from a 4G ser­vice and some lack re­li­able 2G cov­er­age.’

She says it is vi­tal that the main trans­port routes have mo­bile phone con­nec­tiv­ity.

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