The North Norfolk Labour Party has welcomed proposals that will bring 4G investment to North Norfolk before the end of the year, but is urging companies not to lose track of ensuring 100% coverage in rural areas so customers can use the most “basic features of a mobile phone”.
Both Cromer and Norwich are key targets for 4G from Three before the end of the year according to the company’s coverage checker, with the provider already offering 3G signal in a number of North Norfolk towns.
The local Labour Party hopes that other providers will follow suit and increase their 3G and 4G coverage in North Norfolk as it believes good phone signal and fast mobile internet is vital for tourism and business, and because currently too many pockets of the district cannot even make a basic phone call or receive texts.
Labour has written to Vodafone bosses urging them to make urgent improvements to their infrastructure in North Norfolk after more phone signal problems have dogged customers in and around Sheringham this month.
Jono Read, spokesperson for North Norfolk Labour Party, said:
“Three are the first company to earmark investment in 4G technology in North Norfolk and we hope this will now lead to other companies following suit. Having superfast mobile internet is vital for business and tourism in our towns, and will open up new avenues for the district.
However in the race for 4G these companies should not lose sight of ensuring rural areas have a robust signal to use even the basic features of a mobile phone like making a phone call or receiving a text message. Even in areas where there is signal the technology is dated and failing.
Again this month Vodafone customers in Sheringham have again suffered from signal problems that have been causing problems in the town for over a year, and we have again written to the company urging them to make the improvements that are desperately needed.”