Scotland secures masts with £1bn SRN

Rural Scottish communities are set to benefit from a range of new masts and a connectivity boost according to new pledges made as part of the government’s £1bn Shared Rural Network (SRN) programme.

As part of the SRN programme, new masts are being built in the south of Scotland, while existing masts will also be upgraded to ensure coverage from all four operators – Virgin Media O2, Three, EE and Vodafone – will rise from 55% to a minimum of 81%.

Alongside this, 74% of Scotland overall will have 4G coverage from all four operators – up from 44% - after network improvements are made and new masts are completed within the new target date of June 2024.

John Lamont, the MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, has welcomed the investment during a visit to a new Virgin Media O2 mast in the Scottish Borders. The mast in Denholm village was first built several years ago for 2G mobile services and has recently been upgraded for 4G capability,

Lamont said: “This significant investment to upgrade the mobile network is fantastic news for people across the Scottish Borders. These new masts will boost connectivity and help more people to get better mobile coverage.

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