Upgrade for north east Fife mobile ‘not spot’

Huw Bell ' Getting the right signals from Vodafone.
Huw Bell ' Getting the right signals from Vodafone.

The north east Fife village of Ceres is set to benefit from a special upgrade to its mobile phone coverage.

The village is one of 100 specially selected for improvements by Vodafone.

Scottish Conservative and Unionist General Election candidate Huw Bell said he began working with local people and businesses after hearing about the initiative via the Scottish Countryside Alliance, which campaigns on rural issues.

The upgrade, he said, has been awarded by Vodafone as part of its Rural Open Signal Programme, a community-led initiative to bring 3G coverage to ‘not-spots’ across the UK.

Mr Bell added: “I am delighted we have been selected to have this upgrade in Ceres, which will really help people.

“I would like to thank all those who have supported the bid and offered to host the booster boxes that Vodafone will supply.

“I believe that community-led approaches; working with providers can really make a difference. I will now work with Vodafone and their competitors to see if we can help other communities in north east Fife.

“As a result of this action, north east Fife consumers and businesses are set to benefit from guaranteed £5bn investment into the UK’s mobile infrastructure. There will be 90 per cent UK geographic coverage from all four networks by 2017. This voluntary binding agreement secures a better deal for consumers and businesses.”