Government-funded 4G masts switched on in Wales

The first of 86 government-funded 4G masts have been switched on in Wales, as part of a joint plan with telecoms firms to deliver mobile connectivity across 95 per cent of the UK landmass.

The switch on means that some rural communities in Wales are now able to access fast and reliable 4G mobile coverage.

Those set to benefit this month include residents, tourists, and business owners in Pont-rhyd-y-groes, Ysbyty Ystwyth, LLanafan,Tynygraig, and West Fedw and Trawsgoed.

The rollout is part of Shared Rural Network programme. The programme is a £1 billion plan led by the UK government and telecoms companies that seeks to close the digital divide and spur economic growth in remote areas of the country by boosting mobile connectivity.

The programme involves upgrading existing phone infrastructure, rather than building a new one.

Digital infrastructure minister Julia Lopez said: "Bad mobile signal can cause people immense frustration and hold back businesses in rural areas.  

"This is why I’ve made it my absolute priority to ensure that no one feels like they are being left behind because of the lack of reliable signal.  

"I’m thrilled to see our rollout signalling the end of mobile blackspots in rural Wales in Powys County. Everyone – from residents and business-owners to tourists – can access future-proof mobile connectivity and enjoy the opportunities it unlocks."

Welsh Secretary David TC Davies said: "I’m delighted to see the end of these mobile blackspots in Powys with the switching on of three 4G masts, and more to come in the next few months. The UK government is proud of our investment in the Shared Rural Network which is helping residents and businesses in rural Wales have access to fast reliable internet connections."