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Sunday 20 May 2018

New mobile coverage map will expose blackspots

'A free app will allow people who aren't getting proper coverage to report exact locations of poor reception, which will then be publicly incorporated into the coverage map' (stock photo)
'A free app will allow people who aren't getting proper coverage to report exact locations of poor reception, which will then be publicly incorporated into the coverage map' (stock photo)
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

A new State-backed mobile coverage map is to be introduced to publicly expose blackspots around the country.

The map will be organised by the telecoms regulator ComReg.

A free app will allow people who aren't getting proper coverage to report exact locations of poor reception, which will then be publicly incorporated into the coverage map.

The move is being introduced as rural phone users continue to complain about persistently bad coverage in parts of the country.

"By the end of this year, we will have a mobile phone coverage map available," said Communications Minister Denis Naughten. "So if you live somewhere like Roscommon, you'll see that operator A has better coverage in any area than operator B, allowing you to choose their network."

Speaking to the Irish Independent on 'The Big Tech Show Podcast', he pledged to make broadband access an "enforceable legal right".

However, he declined to comment on whether citizens could sue telecoms companies or the State if they do not receive adequate broadband coverage.

Irish Independent

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