Immediately review the Mobile Infrastructure Project.
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The Mobile Infrastructure Project was commissioned in 2010 and was allocated £150million by the UK Government to deliver mobile phone signal to rural areas where there was no signal.
The UK Government recognised at this time the importance of mobile phone signal to rural areas and the failure of the market approach to deliver this without intervention.
Mobile signal is vital for rural communities and a lack of it is, alongside the related issue of access to broadband, one of the most limiting factors affecting businesses, communities and individuals in rural areas.
Arqiva was commissioned in 2010 to deliver “a full-scale roll-out including mobile network planning and design, sourcing and acquiring sites, building the infrastructure (including masts), installing the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) equipment and operating the sites – after the equipment has been commissioned by the MNOs.” (http://www.arqiva.com/views/our-views/mip-better-connecting-rural-britain/)
The Mobile Infrastructure Project has failed to deliver the services it promised. The project completion date was in 2013 and yet so far only two masts have been installed.
There are also no plans to deliver 4G signal or to ensure 100% coverage of mobile signal.
We demand an immediate review of the Mobile Infrastructure Project and appropriate urgent action to ensure that the project delivers on its promises.
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