Mobile phone coverage tops issues on the doors

Unreliable mobile phone coverage has been top of the agenda for voters, according to Scottish Liberal Democrat Candidate for Orkney, Liam McArthur, confirming the need for action.

In the first week of the election campaign, Liam McArthur has been meeting voters across Orkney, including during visits to Shapinsay, Hoy, Graemsay and Sanday.

Whether in the isles or on the mainland, the issue of mobile coverage has been raised time and again.

Particular concerns have been highlighted in relation to the service provided by O2, prompting Mr McArthur to write the company's senior management both about the current problems as well as O2's plans for investing to improve coverage in Orkney.

In response to Mr McArthur, O2 confirmed they "appreciate the concern caused by disruption to service, but rest assured we are pushing hard for this matter to be resolved as soon as possible."

O2 agreed to follow up Mr McArthur's questions with Mr McArthur and Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael.

Commenting, Liam McArthur said:

"As Orkney's MSP, my postbag was full of issues concerning poor mobile phone coverage. On the campaign trail for the election on May 5th, it is one of the top issues I am asked to help with, along with better broadband. On this occasion there appear to be particular problems affecting O2's service, which I have now raised with the company directly.

"While I hope that a permanent solution can be found to the current breakdown in O2's service, there is a need for mobile phone coverage to be improved more generally across the islands. This will require all of the mobile operators playing their part, supported by government at a local and national level. Only then will we see Orkney receiving the services our islands need."


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