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Devon and Somerset UK Extend Grants for 4G Mobile Boosters

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 (3:42 pm) - Score 864
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The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme has recently extended its Mobile Boost Scheme, which aims to improve 4G mobile (mobile broadband and voice) coverage in rural parts of the two counties by offering vouchers worth up to £1,200 toward the cost of an indoor mobile signal booster from a registered supplier.

The programme, which is being funded through the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s (HotSWLEP) Growth Deal, is targeted at those premises which have no adequate indoor 4G coverage from any operator or only one operator.

Businesses and residents that make use of this scheme, including those in Somerset, Devon, Torbay and Plymouth (South West England), are also required to make a contribution which, depending on the option chosen, will range from £200 for installation to a monthly fee for a SIM card (averaging circa £30 per month).

There are now three options of equipment available – one 4G booster and two models of “signal repeater,” which repeats the outdoor signal indoors. Suppliers will be able to advise on the most appropriate option, while those applying will only have to complete a form in order to “self-certify … that they cannot receive an adequate indoor 4G mobile signal.”

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council, said:

“Expanding the range of equipment that can be offered through the scheme will ensure that residents and businesses receive the best solution available for where they are. Hopefully, people in areas that lack adequate 4G coverage will take advantage of this scheme to enable them to receive an improved service at a fraction of what it would cost them without the help of the scheme voucher.”

Further details of this scheme can be found here, while data from Ofcom has previously suggested that 23,000 premises across the Devon and Somerset area may exist in 4G “not-spots“.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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6 Responses
  1. Zummerzet says:

    Where be Drvon?

    1. Mark Jackson says:

      New place, right next to Srmerset.

  2. Mark says:

    “23,000 premises across the Devon and Somerset area may exist in 4G “not-spots“.
    Doesn’t that mean they can’t receive an adequate outdoor signal to boost anyway?

  3. Carl Conrad says:

    What a waste of money. I live in Somerset and receive no indoor 4G signal but can connect my phone to my router for wi-if calling at no cost.

    Using public money for 4G mobile boosters is a waste of money for the majority.

    1. Thirsty Dog says:

      Totally agree. A better use of that money to would be to fund improved fixed broadband services to these folks.

  4. Joe Piper says:

    I don’t understand this.
    Does it need a good outdoor signal to be able to work indoors as if this is the case then the outdoor signal needs to be improved first as outdoor mobile signal is criminally bad.
    Outdoor mobile phone signals especially here in Devon is very bad and I mean bad.

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