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25 October 2019

FSB NI: New investment must end mobile ‘not spots’

Responding to the UK Government’s announcement of a ‘Shared Rural Network’ to improve mobile phone coverage, FSB NI Policy Chair, Tina McKenzie has said Northern Ireland small businesses must see the benefits.

Commenting, Tina McKenzie said:

“Small business owners rely heavily on their mobile phone to speak to customers, keep in touch with staff and access the internet, while frequently on the move. Unfortunately too often this is hampered by poor mobile signal, particularly in more rural parts of NI.

“Currently more than two fifths of premises in Northern Ireland cannot access 4G services from all providers. It is therefore welcome that today the government has announced a ‘Shared Rural Network’ for mobile services with investment in a network of new and existing phone masts which would be shared by the main providers. This follows recent calls by FSB to tackle poor connectivity.

“Businesses in Northern Ireland must see benefits of this investment, which will hopefully bring an end to those much loathed ‘not spots’ where it is impossible to access a decent mobile signal.”