Fife Council is calling for improvements to be made to the region’s mobile network coverage.
Councillor Lesley Laird, depute Council leader and executive spokesperson for Economy and Planning, has written to Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Business, Energy & Tourism to raise concerns with the Scottish Government about mobile network coverage in Fife, and the impact of poor connectivity on the region’s businesses.
Her drive to improve mobile broadband coverage in Fife starts as Ofcom’s data on mobile coverage reveals a number of gaps throughout the region.
A study by the RAC Foundation last year also revealed that nearly 10% of Fife’s road network (157 miles) is in ‘partial not-spots’, not having coverage from all four mobile network operators.
Cllr Laird said: “Mobile broadband needs to be urgently improved if we are to achieve our aim of making Fife the best place to do business.
“Patchy mobile signals continue to affect users across Fife, and unreliable mobile coverage is one of the biggest issues affecting Fife’s businesses, as well as local residents.
“It was hoped that the lack of mobile coverage would be addressed in part by Broadband Delivery, UK’s Mobile Infrastructure Project. Unfortunately, this project has failed to meet its targets, with only three new sites being confirmed in Scotland – none of which are in Fife.