Scottish Liberal Democrat connectivity spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today labelled 4G coverage in Scotland defective and inadequate after it was revealed only 17% of Scotland’s land mass has 4G mobile coverage, compared to 60% of England’s.
Ahead of its appearance in front of the Scottish Affairs Committee on Monday, the Federation of Small Businesses has called on the UK Government to take action to address Scotland’s “unacceptable” mobile phone coverage and suggested Scotland-specific coverage obligations should be made a requirement of any future mobile spectrum sales.
Mike Rumbles MSP said:
“The FSB is right, “spotty coverage” is damaging productivity and holding back Scottish business. The mismanagement of the broadband roll out by the Scottish Government has left rural communities and companies without access to reliable and high speed broadband – something which has become an essential element of day to day life. We need 4G everywhere too for precisely the same reasons.
“It is essential that the Scottish and UK Governments work together to tackle the unacceptable variance in coverage across Britain, hasten the rollout of modern telecommunications and lift areas out of the digital dark ages.”