Mid Ulster’s digital black-spots raised by McCrea

Digital problems in Mid Ulster
Digital problems in Mid Ulster

Mid-Ulster MLA, Ian McCrea, has met with officials from Ofcom to voice his concerns over digital television, broadband and mobile phone coverage in the area

More than 12-months since the switch-over from analogue to digital, Mr McCrea said some people are still “experiencing difficulty with their signal and not receiving the full range of channels”.

“Following the province wide roll out of digital television I felt it important to meet with Ofcom the body that regulate the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate; especially when I had received a number of complaints regarding disruption with rural services in Mid Ulster,” he said.

“During the meeting I also took the opportunity to raise again the insufficient broadband provision in Mid Ulster and the need for better 3G coverage.

“I welcomed the news that O2 and Vodafone have announced a major infrastructure sharing agreement, to create one national grid running each operator’s independent spectrum which should result in significant improvement to both 2G and 3G coverage in rural areas by 2015.”

The DUP MLA added: “I would encourage constituents that are experiencing difficulty with broadband, telephone, mobile/3G coverage to get in touch with my offices on 028 796 32664 or 028 867 64952 to ensure that this is passed onto the relevant department.”