Vodafone to meet communities over coverage issues

Vodafone to meet communities over coverage issues


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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Mobile operator Vodafone has agreed to meet with community representatives in Co Clare following recent criticism of poor coverage in many parts of the country.

In October, Clare Labour Deputy Michael McNamara called for the country’s three mobile phone operators to be hauled before an Oireachtas committee to answer questions about their service coverage.

Mr McNamara said at the time that claims by the three mobile phone licence holders that they provide of “99% coverage” is leading customers to understand that 99% of the country has coverage.

The Clare Deputy has been inundated with complaints from the public about their lack of mobile phone coverage or decline in service during the past six months.

Vodafone has agreed to me locals about coverage issues

Yesterday however, representatives from Vodafone met with Deputy McNamara in Leinster House and committed to meeting with community representatives in Co Clare.

“I would like to thank Vodafone for agreeing to meet with me and to discuss mobile phone coverage but the issue is not an issue exclusive to one company. In fact all three service providers in Ireland have come in for criticism,” Deputy McNamara said.

“Following our meeting, Vodafone have now agreed to meet with community representatives in Whitegate and Feakle to discuss the serious lack of mobile phone coverage in these two areas. The company has also agreed to hold a public meeting in Quin to discuss the separate issue of 4G broadband,” he said.

“There are currently three licence carriers in Ireland – Vodafone Ireland Ltd, Three Ireland (Hutchison) Ltd, and Meteor Mobile Communications – claiming that 99 per cent of Ireland’s population has mobile phone coverage, however the quality of that coverage leaves a lot to be desired,” said Deputy McNamara.

The Clare TD has already called for the Oireachtas Communications Committee and ComReg to look into the licensing of mobile companies and the extent to which their claims, as well as their licensing obligations are monitored and verified.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.