Andrew Percy MP

Andrew Percy MP

Member of Parliament for Brigg & Goole and the Isle of Axholme

Mobile Phone Coverage

Andrew took part in question time for the Department for Culture, Media and Sports yesterday to raise the issue of mobile coverage in the constituency. You can read Andrew's question and the minister's reply below. 

Following his question, Andrew said the following on his Facebook page: "I raised the continuing slow progress on improving mobile coverage locally in the House of Commons yesterday. Whilst there has been progress, we are still waiting for upgrades in lots of areas such as in Broughton where we await the new 02/Vodafone mast.

"Residents can rest assured that I am continuing the battle!"

Andrew Percy  

(Brigg and Goole) (Con) 

Despite warm words from mobile phone operators and promises to Government, communities such as Broughton in my constituency are still waiting for companies such as O2 to make good on their promises to give us halfway decent mobile phone coverage. What more can the Government do to push the mobile phone companies to make sure that we get the service we are paying for up here? (913550)

Oliver Dowden (The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend about the need for speed. As he will know, the shared rural network will see the Government and industry jointly investing over £1 billion to increase 4G coverage throughout the UK. On 5G, over 200 towns and cities already have 5G, and our ambition is for the vast majority to have it by 2027. In addition, as my hon. Toggle showing location ofColumn 477Friend has outlined, building on today’s welcome announcement from Ofcom, I will shortly be providing further details on our plans to make the UK giga-fit.

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