Dorset MP backs Cranborne trial to stop mobile phone blackout
North Dorset MP Bob Walter has backed villagers in Cranborne finally be able to use mobile phones.
The East Dorset village was selected as one of 12 small communities to take part in a pilot project by Vodafone.
Engineers visited local businesses and community buildings in Cranborne and set up five 'Metro Cells' in order to provide the best signal coverage.
Mr Walter said: "I was thrilled to hear that the new technology had been successfully installed and that, for the first time, businesses, residents and visitors can make and receive mobile telephone calls from the heart of the village.
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"It is my sincere wish that the experience of these trials helps to deliver more solutions to rural areas affected by signal blackouts. The only downside with this particular technology is that it requires a solid broadband connection to work - something that remains a challenge for parts of North and East Dorset.
"Thankfully, with the Superfast Dorset project well underway and innovative community broadband projects coming to the fore, rural communities do now have hope for the future."
Mr Walter will see the pilot scheme in action when he visits Cranborne on Friday March 15.