‘Event to deal with mobile phone roaming charges useful’ – Ruane

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Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has welcomed an event with representatives from the main mobile phone networks in Parliament Buildings.

Speaking to Newry Times, Ms Ruane said, “This was an opportunity to discuss existing coverage issues within North of Ireland and to seek the abolition of roaming charges across Ireland, an issue that is more pertinent in border regions like South Down where phones can roam automatically leaving the phone owner with an unexpected large bill. 

This was a very useful and worthwhile event with all the main operators were in one room, along with Ofcom, to discuss network provision in rural areas and the need for further investment from the networks to improve rural coverage.”

“There currently exists extensive black spots and weak coverage areas across South Down,” she continued, “and it is important that every opportunity possible is taken to raise these matters with the network operators. 

The other issue Sinn Féin raised with them was that of roaming charges within Ireland and the unfair nature of such extortionate charges. We called on them to move quickly to abolish this unfair charge ahead of impending action by the European Parliament.”

Ruanne added, “I would like the group to visit South Down in the near future to see first hand the issues that currently exist and to hear from local people about the impact of poor coverage and roaming charges.”


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