Cameron calls for more mobile phone masts

The PM has said that more towers are needed to boost broadband speed and coverage

David Cameron has said that Britain needs more mobile phone masts in order to boost the country's broadband speed and coverage.

The Prime Minister also stated that the government needs to "make sure we change the law" in order to allow for new masts' construction.

The Conservative leader's comments came during Prime Minister's Questions in response to a question from MP Andrew Murrison, who highlighted the poor internet connectivity of many of the UK's rural areas.

Mobile towers have previously been regarded as unfortunate eyesores, with Cameron acknowledging that "ten years ago we were all rather guilty of leading campaigns against masts".

Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

However, he urged members of both parties to get behind the initiative, saying "our constituents now want coverage for the internet, they want coverage for mobile phones."

The government has a target of 90 per cent superfast broadband coverage - defined as offering download speeds of over 24 Mbps - by early 2016, which it claims it is on track to hit.

This is despite criticism from the Institute of Directors, which has slammed the government's "poverty of ambition" regarding connection speeds. It has called for a goal of 10 Gbps, 1,000 times faster than the current stated aim.

It also follows the news that the UK's slowest internet speed -- clocked in Miserden, Gloucestershire - is just 1.3 Mbps. Measured by, the village reportedly receives "worse broadband than Mount Everest base camp".

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to improve broadband infrastructure, claiming that under the current government the communications market "is simply not working".

Featured Resources

What you need to know about migrating to SAP S/4HANA

Factors to assess how and when to begin migration

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

Testing for compliance just became easier

How you can use technology to ensure compliance in your organisation

Download now

Best practices for implementing security awareness training

How to develop a security awareness programme that will actually change behaviour

Download now

Most Popular

data governance

Brexit security talks under threat after UK accused of illegally copying Schengen data

10 Jan 2020
cyber security

If not passwords then what?

8 Jan 2020
web browser

What is HTTP error 503 and how do you fix it?

7 Jan 2020
Policy & legislation

GDPR and Brexit: How will one affect the other?

9 Jan 2020