Date lodged: 14 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what the value was of public investment to improve mobile phone coverage in Aberdeenshire in the previous parliamentary session and what the value is of planned investment in the current session.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 1 August 2016
Mobile investment to date in Aberdeenshire, and indeed throughout Scotland, has largely been made by commercial suppliers. However the Home Office-led Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme is expected to extend the availability of mobile services in Aberdeenshire. As this is a national programme, it is not possible to break down investment levels on a regional basis. During the course of this parliamentary session we will invest in mobile and broadband services. We have recently agreed an action plan with the operators. Although reserved to Westminster, we are doing everything we can, with the powers and funding available to us, to improve mobile coverage across Scotland.