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Mobile Phones: Rural Areas

Question for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 2795, tabled on 16 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what consideration the Government has given to the use of mobile repeaters to help extend mobile-coverage in rural and island areas.

Answered on

26 June 2015

No such consideration has been given as the provision of mobile coverage is a commercial decision for mobile network operators (MNOs). However the Government has taken steps to ensure that mobile coverage improves across the UK through its landmark agreement with the MNOs to guarantee voice and SMS text to at least 90% of UK landmass and the licence obligation on Telefonica to provide 4G indoor coverage to 98% of premises in the UK, both by the end of 2017.