Mobile operators have agreed a deal to boost mobile coverage across England’s National Parks, without compromising on their beauty.
The Mobile Operators Association (MOA), which represents O2, EE, Vodafone and Three, said an agreement had been struck between itself and National Parks England to allow operators to carry out work in the Parks.
The move will help boost the lives of those living and working in the National Parks by ensuring good, consistent mobile signal, but respecting the beauty of the areas as well, said the chair of National Parks England and the North York Moors National Park Authority Jim Bailey.
“Today’s agreement will be good for the thousands of businesses and people living in our National Parks, for the millions who visit them, and for the stunning landscapes and towns that are the lifeblood of our rural economies,” he said.
The work will cover the 10 National Parks of England: The Broads, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, South Downs and the Yorkshire Dales (pictured above).
Executive director for the Mobile Operators Association John Cooke also backed the deal as a step forward for the country as a whole. “Operators have worked well with National Parks England to ensure that the benefits of mobile connectivity reach communities in these beautiful parts of our country and help them survive and thrive in the 21st century.”
The deal was also backed by the communications minister Ed Vaizey, who said: “Our National Parks are areas of incredible beauty but they are also places where people live and work. They need access to the modern communications that many of us have taken for granted for years.
“The new agreement could make a real difference to those who live, work or visit our glorious National Parks.”