Date lodged: 25 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that mobile coverage is available in all rural, remote and island areas.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 31 October 2016
Although reserved to Westminster, the Scottish Government is committed to doing everything we can, with the powers and funding available to us, to improve mobile coverage across Scotland, including rural, remote and island areas. In June 2016, we agreed an action plan with the four UK mobile operators, which sets out a range of actions aimed at extending coverage. A key part of this will be the development, by spring 2017, of a programme to help address coverage gaps. We are also working with UK Government to maximise the impact of the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme.