Project for better signal

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AREAS in south Lincolnshire suffering from a poor mobile phone signal are being urged to lobby their MP to take part in a pilot scheme.

Vodafone is looking for 12 communities to play a part in rural mobile coverage trials and connect to the internet using new technology which boosts the signal.

The telecoms giant’s plan comes after watchdog Ofcom published a report that exposed rural communities as having poor phone coverage.

The phone firm is pioneering “open-femto” technology which can provide 3G mobile internet.

Andrew Shirley, from the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), said the lack of a mobile phone signal was a major issue for rural enterprises in the region.

He said: “We have been trying to persuade service providers to upgrade coverage for a long time because a poor signal really inhibits people’s efforts to run a successful business in the countryside.

“Who wants to let a property that has no mobile phone coverage? It’s a serious problem.”

Communities interested in signing up for the trial have been urged to contact their local MP who will forward details to the company.