MAJOR BOOST TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR A RURAL STRATEGY:
The Independent Food, Farming & Countryside Commission hosted by the RSA in its report launched on Tuesday 16th July ‘Our Future in the Land’ has added its voice to the calls by the RSN and the House of Lords Select Committee for a comprehensive Rural Strategy (more to follow)
Coastal areas typically have poor signal due to their relatively rural locations. In addition, telephone box usage is currently falling, with around a 20 per cent drop annually. Mobile provider Vodafone plans to adapt phone booths to provide 4G coverage in a 200m radius.
‘Improved mobile coverage in rural areas helps the local economy, keeps people connected and, above all, offers reassurance at times when you just have to make that call, but it can be challenging to deliver,’ said Scott Petty, chief technology officer of Vodafone UK. ‘That is why we are in the final stages of presenting to Government our industry-wide blueprint for improving mobile coverage. It is also why we are looking at innovative ways of extending coverage, such as making use of phone boxes.’
The announcement comes after Ofcom’s chief technology officer announced earlier this month that the Government’s target to connect 95 per cent of the UK by 2022 would not be met.
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