A third of rural England struggles to make mobile phone calls


Rural residents face being excluded from the economic, social and personal benefits of the digital economy because of poor mobile network coverage, warns a new report from Rural England.

The State of Rural Services report claims that it is impossible to make a phone call on all four networks in a third of all rural buildings – a figure that compares unfavourably with the 3 per cent rate for urban premises.

What’s more, the report says 4G is inaccessible in 58 per cent in rural buildings compared to just one sixth in urban areas.