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Flanagan welcomes investment in mobile coverage

14 February, 2012 - by Phil Flanagan

Sinn Féin Enterprise Spokesperson Phil Flanagan has welcomed news that mobile phone companies are to spend £25 million improving their network coverage in the north.

Phil Flanagan said:

"While this is a long overdue announcement it is welcome. For far too long communities, particularly in rural areas, have been neglected in terms of access to adequate mobile phone coverage.

"With many rural areas having no access to mobile phone coverage and with very little of the population having 3G coverage, it is vital that this funding is directed to areas of greatest need.

"News of the investment followed a meeting between Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and representatives from the mobile phone industry, a meeting that only came about as a result of consistent pressure that Sinn Féin.

"While it is welcome that the Minister has finally taken action on this, had she done so earlier in her term of office, we could have been further ahead with mobile coverage in rural areas.”

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