The possibility of improved mobile phone coverage has been welcomed by rural stalwarts the Countryside Alliance for areas including parts of the Isle that suffer from a poor network.
The news that OFCOM has a five-point plan to improve coverage comes soon after that of state-of-the-art internet provision on the way to the Isle, in the form of super fast fibre-optic broadband.
Better phone coverage will be welcomed in places like Epworth, where reception is still patchy for many.
Sarah Lee, head of policy for the Countryside Alliance, said: “Mobile phone reception is vital for rural homes and businesses, but the reception you get on the ground can vary distinctly from that predicted by your provider.”
As part of a campaign launched by the CA, people across the UK have been taking signal samples with smart phones, using RootMetric’s free CoverageMap app.
Date from this will be used to create a true map of coverage that can then be used to lobby the government and mobile phone companies, to improve the reception in poor areas.
OFCOM’s five-point plan includes an undertaking to extend coverage to the 10 per cent of people in the UK who live in hard to reach areas.
It was reported recently by OFCOM that only 35 per cent of the UK’s A and B roads are served by all four 3G networks and nine per cent have no 3G coverage at all.