Arqiva confirms Ettrick phone talks

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Mobile phone infrastructure specialist Arqiva has confirmed it is in talks over improving coverage in the Ettrick Valley.

Arqiva is the company contracted by the UK Government to help rid rural Scotland of so-called mobile “not spots”.

South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume last week met representatives of Arqiva, which has already identified Ettrickbridge as a possible new mast site.

And the Liberal Democrat politician has asked Arqiva to also consider improving the situation by carrying out technical work using existing mast technology or through a new mast to serve the top of the valley.

“I’m pleased Arqiva has at least agreed to review whether this request is viable,” said Mr Hume.

Peter Wingate-Saul, community relations manager at Arqiva, told The Wee Paper the company had discussed Ettrickbridge and the Ettrick Valley with local stakeholders and was considering several options.

But he cautioned: “It is too early to say to what extent we will be able to provide improved coverage in the area.”

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