Coverage boost for phone reception in rural Hampshire

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RURAL areas of Hampshire are set to get a boost in mobile phone signal as Ofcom has pledged to improve coverage.

The news, released as part of a five-point plan by the regulator on Thursday, was welcomed by the Countryside Alliance.

Countryside Alliance head of policy Sarah Lee said: ‘Mobile phone reception is vital for rural homes and businesses, but the reception you get on the ground can vary distinctly from that predicted by your provider.

‘That’s why we launched our Sick of No Signal campaign earlier this year to try to map the reality of no-spots in the countryside.’

As part of the campaign, people have been taking signal samples with their smartphones using RootMetric’s free CoverageMap app.

Data compiled from the app will be used to create a map in order to lobby the government and mobile phone companies to improve reception.

‘We’re pleased that Ofcom recognises the significant problems experienced by those who have to travel in rural areas as part of their work,’ added Miss Lee.