24th Oct, 2020

MP tells phone giants to 'step up' to boost Upton signal problems

Nigel Slater 23rd Oct, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

MP HARRIETT Baldwin has called on the major mobile phone operators to step up so ‘dreadful’ phone signals can significantly improve in Upton-upon-Severn.

The MP has written to several companies asking for them to report back on plans to improve services to the town following complaints from residents and businesses. 

Last year, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport allocated £5 billion to improve rural phone signals and Harriett has also written to Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey asking him to intervene.

“Mobile phone signals in Upton have been dreadful for many years and I was recently contacted by townspeople to see what can be done to lobby the phone companies,” Mrs Baldwin said.

“Over the course of the last couple of years I have met with a couple of the operators in London but they seem reluctant to come to Upton and see the problems for themselves.

“I have therefore written to each of the company’s chief executives to ask them to look into this matter.

“The service is simply not good enough and I have also asked the Minister to investigate and see what steps can be taken to give local people access to a better signal for local people and businesses.

“There has been some progress across my constituency and I have seen some improvements including the arrival of 4G in some areas. However, the centre of Upton is still poor and I would like to see at least one of the mobile phone operators step up and help to fix this issue.”

Do you experience poor phone signal in Upton? Tell us what you think by emailing editor@malvernobserver.co.uk

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