National Parks to Get Better Mobile Phone Signal

Following an agreement with four main UK network operators, England's national parks are to receive improved mobile phone coverage.

EE, O2, Three and Vodafone have pledged to minimise the "adverse landscape effects" of any new infrastructure.

More than 330,000 people live in the parks, covering almost 10% of England.

The agreement is designed to tackle the "hot-spot" areas in which there is no mobile phone coverage whatsoever.

At the moment, the radio waves that carry mobile phone signals are often obstructed by the terrain in national parks and can be affected by stone buildings.

The Mobile Operators Association's executive director John Cooke said: "There are compelling social and economic reasons for having good mobile connectivity, including mobile broadband, in rural areas... because such connectivity mitigates the disadvantages of greater physical distances and poor transport links.

"Operators have worked well with National Parks England to ensure that the benefits of mobile connectivity reach communities in these beautiful parts of our country and helps them survive and thrive in the 21st Century."

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