At the beginning of June Shropshire Council held a well-attended “Mobile Telecommunications in Shropshire” briefing for business leaders and other key stakeholders. Representatives of the four main providers – EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – spoke along with spokesmen for Ofcom and the Department for Culture Media & Sport.
Ofcom said that improving mobile phone signal coverage is a Government priority and that it’s helping to achieve this in three ways:
- releasing new “radio spectrum”
- giving better coverage information to allow customers to make informed choices about which operator to use, and
supporting Government-led initiatives, like the Mobile Infrastructure Project.
- A spokesman from the Mobile Infrastructure Project talked about plans to improve mobile signal coverage in ‘not-spots’ around Shropshire between now and the end of March 2016.
I spoke about the frustration felt by folk in Much Wenlock and the surrounding area who found that the signal strength had either weakened or had been lost altogether in recent years. I will be maintaining the pressure to ensure that there is much-needed improvement locally.