Michael Moore: Mobile phone firms must do better for Borders

Borders MP Michael Moore is putting pressure on mobile phone companies to improve the network coverage across the region.

By Phil Johnson
Tuesday, 3rd February 2015, 10:15 am
Many rural parts of the Borders still don't have a mobile phone signal.
Many rural parts of the Borders still don't have a mobile phone signal.

Following a day of meetings with mobile phone companies and other key players, Mr Moore is challenging industry leaders to “live up to their obligations.”

Mr Moore held seven separate meetings with Vodafone, O2, EE, Three, Arqiva, Airwave and Ofcom during which he challenged them to take action to tackle not-spots and partial not-spots in the area.

Officials from Scottish Borders Council and the Scottish Futures Trust also attended the meetings in Westminster.

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“Improving the communications infrastructure in the Borders is essential and through the Borders Digital Forum I have been working on this issue over a number of years,” said Mr Moore, who is chairman of the Borders Digital Forum.

“Poor mobile phone signal is damaging the local economy and extremely frustrating for local people so I was pleased to be able to meet with key players in the industry yesterday and take up this issue with them.

“During the meetings, I urged the mobile companies to live up to their obligations to tackle poor service in rural areas like the Borders.

“We had a constructive discussion with each company and I look forward to them now taking decisive steps to improve the service we receive in the Borders.”