The UK Government must take action to fix Scotland’s ‘unacceptable’ mobile phone coverage, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) will tell MPs.
During an evidence session with the Scottish Affairs Committee on 5 February, the FSB will highlight official figures showing that just 17 per cent of Scotland’s geography has 4G mobile coverage, compared to 60 per cent of England’s landmass.
In written evidence to the influential committee, the small business campaign group argues that Scotland-specific coverage obligations should be attached to future mobile spectrum sales.
Andy Willox, FSB’s Scottish policy convenor, said: “It doesn’t matter if you’re a corporate high flyer, a local tradesperson or an international tourist, Scotland’s spotty mobile connectivity results in missed opportunities and wasted time.
“While some allowances could be made for differences in geography and population density, these figures show that the gap between Scotland and England is unacceptably wide – as it has been for some time.
“Ofcom have suggested that nation specific coverage obligations might be a means to address this embarrassing problem. The Scottish Affairs Committee must push the UK Government to take up this proposal.”
The Scottish Affairs Committee is currently investigating digital connectivity in Scotland.
In their submission, FSB highlights that while superfast broadband availability in Scotland has improved, it still lags behind England.