Govt ‘not taking mobile data needs into account’, says countryside lobby group

Govt ‘not taking mobile data needs into account’, says countryside lobby group

The government should be taking the mobile data needs of the UK into account, according to the Country Land and Business Association.

Dr Charles Trotman, head of rural business development, said that the organisation has been looking over the programme details of plans to inject £150 million into mobile telephony.

He added that the worry is that voice over data services are being relied on.

"Now my concern is that with a mobile phone, voice takes precedence over data," he explained.

Dr Trotman noted that if an agricultural event is taking place and people are entering a rural area the voice traffic is going to be greater than data traffic.

"So if you've got an event going on and you're taking card transactions for example, you won't be able to do it because the system in effect becomes overloaded," he said, warning that Chip and PIN and PDQ (process data quickly) machines will collapse because they cannot get the bandwidth as the infrastructure is overloaded.

"For goodness sake take into account broadband data needs – which they're not doing and that's our biggest concern."