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      Mobile reception boosted across the UK

      Mobile reception boosted across the UK - Telegraph
      The government has revealed the areas that will benefit from the 150m investment in boosting mobile phone coverage across the country by the end of 2015.

      The Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) will extend mobile phone coverage to areas where no coverage is currently available, and hopes to provide a sustainable technological solution for people living and working there.

      Cornwall, Northumberland, Strabane, Aberdeenshire and Powys are among the areas that stand to benefit most from the project, with the first sites due to “go live” by the end of this year.

      Extending mobile phone coverage will provide hundreds of millions of pounds of economic benefits, the Government claims, as well as increased safety and security for emergency services. The government is providing the capital funding for telecomms company Arqiva to build the necessary infrastructure, and EE, Telefonica, Three and Vodafone will be providing coverage from the sites and funding operating costs for the twenty-year life of the project.

      The map below indicates the areas set to receive signal boosting, graded by the five phases of implementation. The Department for Culture, Media & Sport said that specific towns and cities had yet to be identified. Once the areas are decided, Arqiva will work to acquire rights to the sites and planning permission.

      Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: “This project will see mobile phone coverage extended to many of the people who currently live and work in areas where there is none. The project will provide a significant boost to local economies across the UK, and will be instrumental in helping Britain win the global race.”

      Kevin Salvadori, Technology Director of Vodafone UK said “Being able to make mobile phone calls plays such an important role in keeping local communities in touch wherever people live or work. That’s why we’ve made a commitment to bring good quality indoor mobile internet coverage to 98 per cent of the UK population.

      "Our belief in the benefits that mobile coverage can bring to rural communities is why Vodafone is supporting the Mobile Infrastructure Project. In partnership with the Government, this project will help deliver coverage to more people, in places that are currently very hard to reach.”
      To see a map of the UK showing the areas to be covered, click the link above.


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      Re: Mobile reception boosted across the UK

      I have found a clearer copy of the map elsewhere:

      Arqiva Map Confirms First UK Areas to Benefit from 150m Mobile Upgrade - ISPreview UK


      It is now possible to clearly see that the East coast of Scotland and much of central Wales is seen a priority, along with the southern area of Northern Ireland and North West England.

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