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Small businesses back Ofcom’s plans

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed Ofcom plans to improve mobile services in the UK. 
 
In a bid to provide improved 4G mobile coverage in rural areas, the communications regulator is proposing to place coverage obligations on mobile network operators. 
 
The move follows the publication earlier this year of FSB research highlighting the need for Scotland-specific coverage obligations to be attached to future mobile spectrum sales.

 
Andy Willox, FSB’s Scottish Policy Convener, said: “Modern and reliable mobile connectivity is a business essential for small firms across the country. Despite this, Scotland’s mobile connectivity, particularly in rural areas, has been stuck in the slow lane.
 
“Today’s announcement by Ofcom that they will place coverage obligations on the big four operators could be transformational for the Scottish economy. It could spell the end of a substandard service for rural firms and help us close the Scottish communications gap.”

 
Official figures show that only a fifth of Scotland’s landmass has a 4G signal from all four mobile network operators, compared to 60 per cent of England’s landmass.