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FSB on Ofcom evidence session

At an evidence session with MSPs, Ofcom has revealed that Scottish mobile coverage will continue to lag other UK nations. 

Official figures show that only two fifths (38%) of Scotland’s geographic area can get good 4G services from all operators in comparison to four fifths (82%) of England. At a session with Holyrood’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, officials suggested that UK-wide coverage improvement targets were unlikely to be fulfilled.  

Stuart Mackinnon, external affairs manager for the FSB in Scotland, said: “MSPs are absolutely right to ask telecoms decision-makers why Scotland continues to be so poorly covered. When Scottish residents and businesses are paying the same as consumers elsewhere in the country, it isn’t right that we get a sub-standard service.  

“On the week that thousands of Scottish businesses have to get to grips with HMRC’s Making Tax Digital system, it is unacceptable that our digital infrastructure is still so spotty. While the Scottish Government’s programme to deliver universal superfast broadband can’t come soon enough, the UK Government and Ofcom need to send strong signals to the telecoms industry that Scotland can’t be left behind.”