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A number of communities on Ardnamurchan have had their mobile signal restored after constituency MSP Kate Forbes pressured the phone giant EE into action.
For three months, EE customers in the Acharacle, Salen and Strontian communities had no reception because of transmission problems at three mast sites on the Ardnamurchan peninsula.
Following recent talks with Ms Forbes, on Monday of this week EE representatives confirmed that coverage had been restored for the first time since July.
On being contacted by the Lochaber Times, an EE spokesperson confirmed the signal had indeed now been restored.
This is brilliant news and I’m so pleased that EE has finally resolved the connectivity problem on the Ardnamurchan peninsula,’ Ms Forbes told us.
‘It is long overdue, but it will be good news for the local health service, businesses and residents who depend on mobile connectivity.
It has taken lots of letters, meetings and phone calls, but I hope that mobile signal is vastly improved on the Ardnamurchan peninsula.
‘We depend on it – and no business and organisation should neglect the most rural communities.’
The phone reception difficulties saw NHS Highland confirm it had contingency measures in place to address any connectivity limitations which includes lone working policies and landline messaging services.
NHS Highland also confirmed it had been in discussions with with Ms Forbes over the issue of improving mobile connectivity in the area’
The wider need for improved connectivity was also clearly voiced by the local community directly to the Scottish Government’s planning officer at the recent Fort William 2040 event.