Andrew Jones MP
Andrew Jones MP

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP looks to connected future


Local MP Andrew Jones is backing moves to bring better mobile coverage to North Yorkshire. At the launch of the Building Mobile Britain campaign in Parliament this week Mr Jones spoke out for improved services particularly for people living in rural areas.

Organisers Mobile UK estimate by 2025 the average UK customer will be using 90GB of data a month – equivalent to downloading more than 20 high definition films.  This compares with just 1.9GB today.

Mr Jones commented:

We are using more data and relying on our mobile devices more and more. With free town centre wifi and smart parking on the way in Harrogate the demands on our mobile technology is set to increase.  Better connectivity means we can take advantage of these technological advances and many others that will become available as our mobile connectivity improves.

At the event Mobile UK launched a new report titled ‘Councils and Connectivity’.  North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) drew plaudits for a £1m funding scheme in partnership with the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership. The scheme is supporting mobile infrastructure and will identify ‘notspots’ where mobile coverage requires improvement.

The full report can be read at



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