The UK Government's plan to drastically improve mobile coverage across the country moved a step closer today as Arqiva, the communication infrastructure and media services company, has been appointed to deliver the £150m Mobile Infrastructure Project. The project is a series of measures that the Department for Culture, Media & Sport says is to strengthen the UK as a leading digital economy. They hope that by improving mobile phone coverage through additional masts in rural communities it will help create jobs and contribute to economic growth. All four mobile network operators have been confirmed to provide their services from the MIP infrastructure.
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said:
Arqiva’s appointment today is great news for rural communities throughout the UK, who stand to benefit enormously from this £150m project to improve mobile phone coverage. Good mobile connectivity is becomingly increasingly important and it is crucial that businesses and individuals are not left struggling with poor and intermittent coverage.
Nicolas Ott, Managing Director of Government, Mobile and Enterprise of Arqiva said:
We’re excited to be working with the Government and mobile operators on this important initiative. By investing in mobile infrastructure, the Government can help bridge the social and technological divides created in areas where commercial service is not economical, and we’re proud to be part of this process. MIP perfectly fits within our strategy of creating a range of platforms – cellular, WiFi and small cells – that provide mobile connectivity to all and support a thriving digital economy in the UK.