North Norfolk Labour Party has urged the top mobile phone providers in north Norfolk to improve basic and 3G mobile phone communications in the district.
In villages like Blakeney and Cley, where there is a reliance on warnings about possible flooding, phone providers are unable to offer a signal. In a number of villages between north Norfolk and Norwich on the main roads, the phone providers are similarly unable to offer reliable coverage.
The party is also concerned there has been little progress in improving 3G (fast mobile connections) in big towns. Only a few of the major phone networks have been able to offer 3G in north Norfolk’s biggest town – North Walsham – and the popular seaside resort of Cromer still cannot pick up the top speeds.
Labour believes the phone companies need to do more now that there is a big push on improving broadband connections for homes across the county. In Holt and Sheringham, where fast broadband speeds are being installed, they are unable to pick up 3G on mobile phones and in some places are unable to make or receive calls and texts on some networks.
The overall picture makes using all features on modern phones and tablet computers on the move impossible.
Jono Read, press officer for North Norfolk Labour Party, said:
“As the major phone providers race to provide superfast 4G connections in the urban cities, we are looking for assurances that there will continue to be a push for better signal in north Norfolk.
In a number of areas in the district it is impossible to make or receive a phone call, and in areas which are getting superfast broadband it is often impossible to get fast internet on your phone.
We want to see improvements to mobile phone communication from all networks here in 2013 for the benefit of our residents, tourism, and businesses in the district.”