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There is an urgent need for improved mobile broadband coverage in Scotland, it has been claimed.

Speaking to the Strathspey & Badenoch Herald, MSP Dave Thompson said greater targets need to be set for mobile coverage north of the border.

Westminster is seeking to extend UK coverage to 98 per cent of the population, however rural Scotland is expected to account for much of the final two per cent.

Badenoch MSP Mr Thompson said Scottish communities must be included as 4G technology is rolled out in the UK over the next three years.

Without access to 4G networks, the only hope for super-fast broadband will be the construction of "a ridiculously expensive fibre optic cable network or a satellite link", he said.

Citing figures provided by Arqiva, Mr Thompson claimed that just 90 per cent of the Scottish population may have access to mobile broadband coverage - amounting to relatively few people outside the main cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh.

"That missing ten per cent would predominantly be found in the country's sparsely populated and difficult to cover areas, such as the West Highlands and Islands," he noted.

"That is why I believe that the Scottish Parliament must press for the 98 per cent target to be met in each of the devolved nations too, but unfortunately that is a matter reserved for Westminster."

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