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Glens could be left with no mobile coverage

11 June, 2013 - by Oliver McMullan

East Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has said that the Glens area could be left without mobile phone access if plans to close the transmitter at Glenariffe go ahead.

 Mr. McMullan said,

 “Mobile phone operator EE have announced plans to shut down their transmitter in Glenariffe at the end of June in order to qualify for a scheme from Westminster.

 “This scheme consists of £150m to bring mobile phone coverage into isolated areas but the criteria states that there needs to be coverage at present.

 “Fifty five sites are under consideration for this site across the North but there are no guarantees where these will be included in the scheme.

 “I am concerned that if the Glens area fails to qualify for the scheme that there are also no assurances that EE will reinstate their service.

 “This would be a disaster for the Glens in terms of attracting inward investment, for local residents and farmers.

 “There are also safety concerns as mountain rescue and other emergency services depend on mobile phone for communication.

 “I am submitting an emergency question to the Minister asking what contingency plans will be in place if Glenariffe fails to qualify for the scheme.”

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