Having adequate phone signal in rural areas could be “the difference between life and death”
, says NFU Farm Safety and Transport Advisor, Tom Price.
The reliance on mobile phones may seem extreme, but with many famers lone-working, having immediate contact with emergency services, for example, is paramount. Not only could poor connectivity be detrimental to your welfare, it can mean risk to crops. Should a fire break out on-farm, being able to access the fire service as soon as possible could reduce the loss-level.
In August, the government announced plans to roll out 5G in rural areas
. The plans involve increasing the amount and height of masts across the countryside to accommodate requirements.