Date lodged: 21 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the steps it is taking to develop a programme to address 4G mobile coverage so-called not spots.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 5 October 2017
We are carrying out work to prepare for the filling of mobile notspots, despite policy on mobile coverage being a reserved issue. The lack of a coherent UK-wide approach has meant we have had to act in this area. On 7 August we launched a consultation on the first phase of our 4G Infill Programme, an integral part of our Mobile Action Plan published last summer. The 4G Infill Programme aims to deliver mobile infrastructure and services to known ‘notspots’. We are analysing results from the consultation with an intention to enter procurement by the end of this year.