Communications infrastructure is vital for underpinning activities and
wellbeing in rural Scotland, but many rural areas have no, or very limited and
unreliable, mobile phone coverage. These areas are known as 'not-spots'.
Not-spots have varying impacts on those living and working in rural Scotland,
ranging from inconvenience and exclusion to potentially life-threatening
This Policy Briefing explores the reasons for the existence of not-spots in
rural Scotland, and discusses some of the impacts, drawing on case study
information from the Scottish Borders. The Briefing concludes by suggesting some
actions that could be taken to reduce the not-spots problem, including greater
clarity about the roles of Westminster and Holyrood in addressing the issues,
better mapping of not-spots to indicate where improvements are needed most, and
a more detailed examination of the infrastructure and commercial barriers to
mobile phone coverage in rural areas.
Download the Policy Briefing
Mobile Phone Coverage in Rural Scotland