Town’s poor coverage for mobile phones slammed

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Poor mobile phone coverage is plaguing the area, according to MP Andrea Jenkyns who says more than 130 complaints have been made to her office.

Residents in the Morley area have said the reliability and affordability of getting an adequate signal is causing frustration, and more needs to be done to improve the situation.

Following the staggering amount of complaints, Ms Jenkyns has brought matter up with the with the department for culture, media and sport through written questions addressed to the minister Matt Hancock.

Ms Jenkyns said: “Too many people in Morley and Outwood are plagued by poor phone coverage, and improving it is essential for them to be able to work and connect with their family and friends. I will keep working to make sure the right steps are being taken regarding both mobile phone coverage and broadband connectivity in the local area, so that everyone is able to benefit from new and improved technology.”

According to a coverage checker on idmobile.co.uk, the majority of the UK is covered by a basic 3G network.

But a coverage map shows that parts of Outwood are not included, particularly around the Outwood Park area.

In Morley, the map shows an area in the south of the town where signals may be weak or non-existent in the Bridge Street area, along with Rein Road and Tingley Common.

But Ms Jenkyns is hopeful that greater coverage is in the pipeline after speaking with Mr Hancock.

He said: “Improving mobile connectivity across the UK is a priority.

“The legally-binding licence obligations arising from the December 2014 agreement require each Mobile Network Operator to provide voice/SMS text coverage to at least 90 per cent of the UK’s landmass by end-2017.

“Ofcom’s 2016 Connected Nations Report shows that 99 per cent of UK premises now have indoor voice coverage and 96 per cent have indoor 4G data coverage. Reforms to mobile planning laws and proposed reforms of the Electronic Communications Code, will support further investment and improvements.”