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Mobile Not Spots
1:54pm 27th August 2014
1:54pm 27th August 2014
Does the tourist rush mean Cornwall's mobile network is struggling to cope?
Some people in Padstow and St Merryn say they have not been able to make calls or send texts for days.
Engineers are fixing it.
But north Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson reckons it is because too many people are trying to use it. He said: "People in Padstow and St Merryn using O2 are understandably annoyed at being cut off for so long, and at paying for telephone and mobile internet services which they can't use.
"Extra demand during the summer months in Padstow is not a new problem - last year the company installed a temporary mast in the area to cope, but the same hasn't happened this year.
"As well as urging O2 to restore services to the area as a matter of priority, I have also written to mobile phone companies EE, Vodaphone and O2 to ask them to plan and provide for increased demand in Padstow and other communities across North Cornwall during the summer months, so that local people, businesses and visitors alike don't struggle to make calls, receive texts or use mobile internet services."
He told Pirate FM: "I think in areas where tourism's such an important part of our economy it's a disincentive for people to come if they think mobile signal is going to be a problem.
"The 4G signal, which is the next generation of mobile product to come forward, which is so far I think only in Saltash in Cornwall, as that goes forward that should reach many more places which will mean that people can use it for data as well as phone calls."
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