Search

4G coverage in Norfolk slammed by local leaders

PUBLISHED: 16:54 26 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:54 26 April 2018

Norman Lamb MP is demanding action. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norman Lamb MP is demanding action. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Local leaders are demanding Government action after it emerged that three of the 10 worst local authority areas in England for indoor 4G coverage were in Norfolk.

Liberal Democrat Steffan Aquarone. Pic: Dan GrimmerLiberal Democrat Steffan Aquarone. Pic: Dan Grimmer

Research from the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) shows that South Norfolk came fourth with only 10.64pc, Breckland was fifth with only 11.22pc, and North Norfolk rates eighth worst with only 14.18pc coverage.

The CLA said mobile phone operators must be held to account over their failure to deliver rural connectivity.

It wants a legal obligation of a 95pc geographical 4G coverage by 2022 to be included as part of licensing conditions.

Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk, will be tabling an Early Day Motion on the issue and will be writing to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to demand improvement in 4G coverage for rural areas, particularly Norfolk.

Mr Lamb said: “Norfolk loses out more than anywhere in the country according to this analysis and we demand that this is addressed as a matter of urgency. I support the demands of the CLA and I am writing to the Secretary of State highlighting the poor situation in Norfolk. Poor coverage holds Norfolk back and has an impact on employment and wealth in the county, as well as the country as a whole.”

He is being backed by Steffan Aquarone, Liberal Democrat Norfolk County Councillor for Melton Constable, who said: “It’s unsurprising but totally unacceptable that North Norfolk is the eighth worst area of the country for mobile phone signal. Good mobile coverage isn’t just important for the Facebook generation, it’s vital for vulnerable people, and essential for rural businesses too.

“Mobile phone providers have become like utility companies and there’s no excuse for them not to give rural areas the same service. Action is needed now to improve coverage, and the government has got to make sure the next set of targets are set in law.”

Shane Brennan, director of external affairs for the CLA, which is the membership organisation for rural landowners and businesses, said: “It is imperative that Ofcom set robust targets to improve coverage.”

Other popular content

Yesterday, 14:13

A drink driver who was caught on the first day of the annual festive crackdown almost five times the limit has been jailed.

Yesterday, 10:30

The owners of a newly-reopened north Norfolk fishmongers have said they hope to be in business in “50 years and beyond”.

Yesterday, 14:28

A £190,000 revamp of a Cromer park has moved a step closer with a planning application now registered with the district council.

Yesterday, 16:44

Campaigners have described transport links at a north Norfolk railway station as “dreadful, frustrating, and appalling” as new figures reveal it gained 10,000 passengers over the past year.

Most Read

Yesterday, 14:13

A drink driver who was caught on the first day of the annual festive crackdown almost five times the limit has been jailed.

Read more
Norwich Magistrates Court
Yesterday, 10:30

The owners of a newly-reopened north Norfolk fishmongers have said they hope to be in business in “50 years and beyond”.

Read more
Cromer
Yesterday, 14:28

A £190,000 revamp of a Cromer park has moved a step closer with a planning application now registered with the district council.

Read more
North Norfolk District Council
Yesterday, 16:44

Campaigners have described transport links at a north Norfolk railway station as “dreadful, frustrating, and appalling” as new figures reveal it gained 10,000 passengers over the past year.

Read more
Norman Lamb
Yesterday, 09:47

Residents in north Norfolk are pressing ahead with plans to buy a village’s only pub for the community - but need to raise about £250,000 in just six months.

Read more
North Norfolk District Council

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 2°C

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Norfolk News e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

North Norfolk News weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy