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Mobile reception improvement areas announced

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The government has announced the areas of the UK that will benefit from a £150 million scheme to improve mobile phone coverage.

Around 60,000 homes and businesses currently in reception black spots will have coverage by the end of 2015 as part of the Mobile Infrastructure Project.

Government reveals areas to get mobile signal boost

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Government reveals areas to get signal boost

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60,000 homes and businesses will benefit



Cornwall, Northumberland, Strabane, Aberdeenshire and Powys are among the areas that stand to benefit most from the project, with the first sites due to go live by the end of this year.

The signal boost scheme has been divided into five phases, the first two of which are already under way, with searches for new mast sites going ahead in much of Wales, Lancashire and Aberdeenshire.

The government is providing the capital funding for communications infrastructure company Arqiva to build the new sites that will be used by the UK's network operators Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three.

Areas such as the Highlands, Dumfries and Galloway, Argyll and Bute, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Fermanagh and parts of Tyrone will be some of the last areas dealt with.

"The project will provide a significant boost to local economies across the UK," said communications minister Ed Vaizey.

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