Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil has welcomed plans to fill a current 4G ‘not spot’ in North Uist and is urging constituents to identify other places where mobile phone signal is lacking.
The area around Grimsay in North Uist has been identified as part of Wilkinson Helsby Projects Telecoms Ltd’s (WHP) contract with the Scottish Government to deploy crucial mobile coverage.
Funding has been committed by the Scottish Government and secured from European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support activity in the Highlands and Islands region.
Mr MacNeil said: “I was informed by WHP who are involved in telecommunications that they are proposing a welcome telephone installation in Grimsay, North Uist for 4G, a ‘not-spot’ where 4G is unavailable, this is very welcome but I would encourage constituents to inform WHP and I of other places where there may be ‘not spots’ and infilling.
“This is part of a Scottish Government contract to deploy crucial mobile coverage – probably on the EE, BT network. It is a 21st century requirement and something we need for day to day business and of course crucially in emergency situations.
“I will respond to Telecoms consultation on this project and will highlight any further ‘not spots’ brought to my attention by constituents.”
WHP are exploring solutions to some issues which may arise such as technical constraints, availability of power, availability of land, any other cost constraint and attracting a mobile operator but the site identified is at Baymore, Grimsay, North Uist.
WHP was awarded the contract by the Scottish Government to acquire, build and operate the passive infrastructure such as the base, mast, power supply and transmission link required to attract mobile operators to deploy sites in Not Spots where otherwise it would not be financially viable to do so.
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