‘Not-spot’ funding for 4G welcomed

Gillian Martin MSP pictured at Collieston which will receive funding for 4G mobile coverage
Gillian Martin MSP pictured at Collieston which will receive funding for 4G mobile coverage

A North-east village has been named as one of the ‘not spots’ to benefit from funding to improve 4G mobile coverage.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has welcomed the announcement that Collieston will benefit from the Scottish Government funding as part of the 4G Infill Programme.

It will fund new mobile telephone masts in locations with no existing 4G mobile coverage to improve mobile connectivity for communities and businesses.

Connectivity Secretary Fergus Ewing announced the launch of the procurement process at the Convention of the Highlands and Island.

Scottish Futures Trust has developed the programme on behalf of the Scottish Government.

As well as the initial 16 ‘not spot’ sites another 60 to 70 areas will be targeted throughout the project.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin told us: “Reliable mobile coverage is just as important as broadband and allows people, businesses and communities to stay connected.

“Collieston will really benefit from being included in the first 16 ‘not spots’ and I’m really pleased it has been included.

“The Infill programme will help to target the areas where it can make the most difference and will help to achieve better and cost-effective connectivity in some of the remote and challenging areas.”

The work being completed is delivering against the actions set out in the 2016 Mobile Action Plan.

In August last year, the Scottish 4G Infill programme was launched with the announcement of £25million to deliver 4G coverage to selected mobile not spots.

The programme will focus on delivery of 16 new mast sites in its first phase with the expectation of delivery expected to be between 60 and 70 sites in total.