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Arran has long been beset by problems with mobile phone coverage.
All round the island and even on Goatfell the chances are that finding a mobile signal will at best be through luck rather than judgement. Even the commercial centre of Lamlash struggles to get a decent mobile signal.
But things are changing – albeit slowly – and it is great to see the south end leading the way with their new mast now delivering 4G. As well as being good for the people living there, it will also been a real boost to the emergency services and to the development of business and must be good news for the new Lagg Distillery close to, what was once, one of the worst coverage spots on the whole island.
It is good to see also that it has been a community initiative which has brought this together thanks to the sterling work of Arran Community Council, the Kilmory Hall committee, politicians and government and private agencies.
Kilmory Hall will also benefit financially as more operators connect to the mast.
However, while this is a good step forward, there is still much work to be done on the island if it is to be fully connected to the outside world in this digital age.