Big four mobile providers to visit Norfolk to discuss improving county’s mobile coverage

12 January 2018

Representatives from the four main providers of mobile networks in Norfolk will attend a Norfolk County Council meeting later this month to discuss how mobile coverage in the county could be improved.

Senior figures from EE, Telefonica/O2, Three and Vodafone have agreed to come to a meeting of the council’s Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee on Monday 22 January to update councillors on their current investment plans and identify any opportunities to work together to improve the quality and reach of mobile data and voice coverage in Norfolk.

Tom Garrod, Chairman of the Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee, said:  “We all know that mobile coverage in Norfolk is some way off where we want and need it to be.

“Rather than grumble and point fingers, we want to see if there are practical things we can do to help the situation.  I’m really pleased the four major mobile providers have accepted our invitation to come and talk to the committee.  With a willingness to work together this could be a watershed moment for mobile connectivity in the county.”

As well as the four mobile providers, representatives from the mobile networks trade body, Mobile UK, and the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce will attend the meeting and take part in the discussion.

Opportunities to improve mobile coverage in Norfolk could include identifying and trying to remove any common barriers, using public sector buildings and assets to host mobile infrastructure and better sharing of information, including the results of the County Council’s recently announced mobile coverage survey.  This will map mobile voice and data coverage across all major networks providing services in Norfolk.  The council is due to award the contract to carry out the survey later this month and the results should be available in March.

Norfolk County Council’s Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee will meet at 10am on Monday, 22 January at County Hall in Norwich, with the mobile telecommunications item due to be discussed at around 11am. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

For political comment

Cllr Tom Garrod (Conservative) Chairman of the Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee, on 07515 356821
Cllr David Rowntree (Labour), on 07450 679993
Cllr Marie Strong (Liberal Democrat), on 07920 286597

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