Vodafone UK has announced that Tarbert is the latest community in a rural mobile not-spot location to receive 3G coverage with Vodafone’s Rural Open Sure Signal (ROSS) programme.
Tarbert has until now suffered from unreliable mobile coverage and slow network speeds. The Vodafone ROSS programme uses Vodafone’s innovative Sure Signal technology, to bring high quality 3G voice services and much needed access to the internet via mobile devices to communities in some of the UK’s most beautiful and remote areas.
The ROSS programme is a national initiative by Vodafone UK to provide reliable mobile access to up to 100 rural communities in mobile not-spot locations. Launched in July 2014, with support from local MPs, councils and rural action groups, the programme received an overwhelming response, with applications from communities across the country from the Shetland Islands to Cornwall and from the mountains of Snowdonia to the Norfolk coast.
Mobile connectivity plays a vital role in keeping communities in touch and helps support local economies. However, rural and remote locations often miss out on advantages provided by modern communication tools, due to the complexity of delivering network coverage. This can be because of the geography of the area or difficulties with planning permissions in places of outstanding natural beauty.
Angus MacNeil MP, Western Isles, said: “I was delighted to support the community application for 3G coverage in Tarbert and am looking forward to seeing other communities in the islands also benefit from this.
Mobile phone connectivity is important and it is something that we have been working on continuously for years. This is an interesting technology that brings signal from the Internet and provides hotspots.”
Angus MacLeod, Village Champion for Tarbert commented: “Vodafone providing a 5 bar 3G signal in Tarbert is bringing the local population up to speed with the what you expect in 21st century Scotland.
It also makes the village more attractive to visitors who are the life blood of the local economy. In our own hotel trade, connectivity is becoming as important as hot water – and so we welcome Vodafone working together with our local MP to bring this technology to our rural community.”