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Scottish rural areas to have better mobile coverage

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 19, 2020
Residents in New Luce, Wigtownshire, are the first in Scotland to benefit from a programme to provide 4G to areas with no mobile coverage from any operator.
New Luce, Wigtownshire
Communications in Scotland   New Luce, Wigtownshire
The mast is one of up to 24 scheduled to be rolled out over the next two years, with further mast sites under consideration.

Topics: Scottish rural mobile coverage

Vodafone is now providing 4G, 3G and 2G services from the new mast. EE is expected to do so later this year, and will provide service from a majority of sites in the programme.

The Scottish 4G Infill (S4GI) Programme is backed by £15 million of Scottish Government funding and £10 million from the European Regional Development Fund. It was set up in 2018 to address Scotland’s mobile ‘notspots’ areas with no mobile coverage and is being delivered by WHP Telecoms, managed by the Scottish Futures Trust.

More than a quarter of the UK population live in rural areas.