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Two locations with poor mobile phone coverage in the Western Isles are set for an upgrade under a Scottish Government initiative.

New telecoms masts will be built in Pairc and the Bays of Harris to provide a 4G service.

The Scottish 4G Infill Programme will fund the infrastructure with the aim of a commercial mobile company providing a transmitter.

The £25 million scheme has identified an initial 16 ‘notspot’ sites in Scotland, mostly in the Highlands and Islands.

Another six places in the islands are among some 70 areas being targeted throughout the project.

Scottish Futures Trust has developed the programme on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Connectivity Secretary Fergus Ewing said:“Widespread high-speed and reliable mobile coverage is just as vital as broadband, and ensures that people, communities, and businesses are able to stay connected.

“Improving mobile coverage across Scotland is key to achieving our ambition to become fully digitally connected.

“Our innovative mobile action plan outlines how we are working with industry and other partners to improve coverage.

“The infill programme will target the areas where it can make the most difference, achieving better and cost-effective connectivity in some of our most remote and challenging areas.”



Western Isles “notspots” in line for 4G coverage  

13 March 2018