Major mobile phone operators will experience for themselves the sporadic signal coverage in the area when they attend a meeting in the region next week.
South of Scotland MSP Paul Wheelhouse is hosting the meeting in Selkirk on Monday, October 27, in conjunction with the Mobile Operators Association and Paul is hoping that community councillors and other interested parties from across the region will attend to hear directly from the operators and Scottish Government officials about what more can be done locally to improve mobile phone coverage.
Paul said:“We have a situation currently where mobile phone signal is sporadic at best and non-existent at worst in many places in the Scottish Borders and it is an issue I know my constituents are keen to see resolved.
“Mobile phone coverage is a matter of convenience for most people, with many no longer using a landline but only a mobile phone and relying on it as their main method of communication. However, there are also health and safety concerns for people like hill farmers who are out in all weather conditions and for them their mobile could be a lifeline, while the limited service availability could become a deterrent to tourism in the region, while also preventing businesses from being able to compete on a level playing field with other areas of Scotland.
“There will be an opportunity to speak to operators individually about any problems service users face during the drop-in session from 5pm-6.30pm with a Q&A from 6.30pm following a short presentation by the Mobile Operators Association.
The meeting takes place at Connections, Back Row, Selkirk.