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Regional daily takes fight for better phone service on road

Daily-Post-mobile-e1457010475340A regional daily is taking its fight to get better mobile phone coverage for its patch on the road.

As previously reported on HTFP, the North Wales Daily Post is calling on the UK government, Welsh Government and Ofcom, the regulatory authority, to ensure mobile phone coverage in the region is equal to the UK average by February 2018.

The Post launched a petition in March which also calls for discounts to be given to mobile phone customers reflecting the poor signal and internet access in their area.

Tomorrow, a van run by the Post will visit seven towns across its patch to promote the petition – which has so far been signed by more than 1,600 people.

The van will visit Wrexham, Ruthin, Prestatyn, Llandudno, Bangor, Caernarfon and Llangefni.

According to the Post, there are what it terms ‘not-spots’ at homes in Wales – where residents can’t make calls on any of the networks.

In a message to readers, editor Andrew Campbell previously said: “Mobile phones are no longer a luxury – they’re a fundamental part of our daily lives.

“Therefore, today we demand the big four mobile providers spend more of their hefty profits providing a first rate service to their customers in North Wales. We’re not demanding special treatment – just parity with the rest of the UK.

“The time has come for urgent action – and we hope you agree. So, please, sign our petition and tell us your experiences today.”

Rhodri Williams, Ofcom Wales director, said : “Public pressure is helping and the campaign by the Daily Post has had an impact on this in Wales. Speaking to operators since the launch, there is now a great willingness to extend the network and there are ambitious plans.

“I think we will see the rate of gains made over the last five months continue for the next 18 months up to the end of 2017.”

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  • July 30, 2016 at 10:04 am
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    A van? Brill.

    Also if there are not-spots in North Wales that could hinder a publisher who is on a digital bandwagon, perhaps say Facebook Live, and has seen it is impossible in some areas.

    Similarly say if a publisher has given an internal death date of a print publication on the switch to digital, and knows most consumption is by mobile, sorting out the coverage perhaps has some self interest?

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