Many of you will be aware of my campaigning for better mobile connectivity for Montgomeryshire. The Shared Rural Network, a scheme developed by four major mobile operators, will aim deliver 4G to 95% of the UK by 2025.
In Mid Wales, these scheme should result in coverage of 98% of homes by at least one major network operator, up from 78% currently.
I'm pleased to have positive news to report back following my meetings with network providers and with OFCOM, the industry regulator last week, to stress the importance of rural connectivity.
The providers have reassured me that work is planned to improve connectivity in Montgomeryshire significantly. Through the Shared Rural Network, Montgomeryshire will benefit from twelve new transmission sites operated by O2 and Vodafone in partnership. Four of these sites will also be shared with Three.
The locations of the 'three-operator' sites are Aberhosan, Penygarnedd, Cefn Coch and Moelfre.
The remaining eight sites will be disclosed in due course when the final planning details have been confirmed. This work will mean that Montgomeryshire will benefit via better signal, connection, and provider choice.