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Mobile 'notspots' in Scotland to get £25m funding

16 initial sites have been chosen. Credit: Scottish Government

A £25 million project to address mobile phone coverage in notorious 'notspots' in Scotland has been announced today.

The Scottish 4G Infill Programme will fund new telephone masts in locations with no existing 4G mobile coverage.

An initial 16 ‘notspot’ sites have been identified, including three in the south of Scotland, and about 60 to 70 areas will be targeted throughout the project.

The programme has been developed by Scottish Futures Trust on behalf of the Scottish Government.

After the successful bidder has been selected, SFT looks forward to working with them and the mobile network operators to identify as many 4G notspots that can be addressed within the programme’s budget.

The deployment of future proofed mast infrastructure will then act as the catalyst to deliver good quality 4G coverage to those areas for the benefit of the local communities, businesses and tourists.

– Scottish Futures Trust Chief Executive Peter Reekie