Telecommunications mast South of Bainbridge

F4 – Mobile phone coverage

F4.    Provide basic mobile phone coverage across the National Park to reduce ‘not spots’, and ensure 4G (or later) services are available on all networks in the 4 service ‘hubs’ and their surrounding ‘spoke’ settlements by 2021. ‘Not spots’ – are areas where there is no reliable mobile phone signal on any network.

Rationale: Residents and visitors expect reliable, fast mobile communications and data services. The regulator may require lobbying in order to push providers to roll out services (and choice) into ‘not spots’.  North Yorkshire County Council is assessing the extent of current provision and discussing with commercial operators how to achieve improvements in areas with challenging topography and poor coverage.

Lead partner:  North Yorkshire County Council; Cumbria County Council; Lancashire County Council;

Supporting partners:  York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership; Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership;

Further information:  North Yorkshire Mobile coverage

Cost over 5 years:  £2,000,000

Funding shortfall:   n/a

Related objectivesA4; E1; E2, E3; F1, F2; F3; F5; F7,

Ecosystem services:    None

Trade-offs:    To overcome ‘not spots’ new or much bigger masts will be required.  Impacts on landscape character (A3) will be identified and moderated through the application of the policies set out in the Yorkshire Dales Local Plan.  Existing masts for emergency services use, have the flexibility to be shared by commercial operators to provide general network coverage.  Improvements to broadband coverage (E1) can also overcome issues with poor mobile network coverage through less visually intrusive infrastructure.

Baseline: 45% of the National Park was covered by ‘not spots’ in March 2018.

Progress: