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03 October 2011

Chancellor announces increase in mobile phone coverage in the UK

The Government will invest up to £150 million to improve mobile coverage in the UK, the Chancellor announced today.

This investment will improve the coverage and quality of mobile services for the 5 to 10 per cent of consumers and businesses that live and work in areas of the UK where existing mobile coverage is poor or non-existent. 

The Government will aim to extend mobile service coverage to 99 per cent of the UK population.

The procurement of additional mobile phone mast sites to increase coverage will begin in 2012.

Notes for Editors

1.    The Department for Culture, Media and Sport will announce further details in due course.

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