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UKIP Meet OFCOM Over South Down Mobile Signal Issues
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UKIP Representative Alan Lewis has met OFCOM’s Regulatory Affairs Manager Sinead Lee to discuss poor O2 and 3G signal in South Down.

OFCOM pictured with UKIP representative Alan Lewis.

OFCOM’s Sinead Lee pictured with UKIP representative Alan Lewis.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Lewis said: ” I have had a very positive meeting with an OFCOM representative. I articulated the concerns of O2 customers who had contacted myself and Councillor Henry Reilly.  We have received complaints of calls dropping, low signal, loss of 3G and texts being received days after they were sent.

“O2 have entered into a mast sharing agreement with Vodafone this has led to some masts being switched off I believe this is unfair to customers who signed up to a contract on the bases that their area received good signal coverage. I have also made representations to O2’s regional management.

“UKIP also welcomes the news of a £150million government mobile communications investment.  the contract for improving the infrastructure has been awarded to Arqvia. Priority will be given to Ospot areas. These are areas with little or no mobile signal.

“I can confirm areas where mobiles occasionally switch to O2 Ireland are also considered Ospot areas.

“UKIP will be making representations to Arqvia to ensure South Down is allocated its fair share from the overall pot. We also call on South Down’s three councils to lobby Arqvia.”