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UK Government admits failure to reduce mobile 'notspots'

The UK Government has closed down the £150 million Mobile Infrastructure Project that was aimed at reducing the number of UK 'notspots'.

Unveiled in 2011 by Chancellor George Obsorne over the last three-years the project managed to install a paltry 16 masts, a long shot from the 600 mast target originally planned.

 Digital economy minister Ed Vaizey commented on the project stating, "I must admit that I am guilty as charged. I do not think the programme has been a success, and I do not think that Ministers often say that about their programmes."

"I think that when Ministers defend their programmes, they should have credibility. I am happy to defend the superfast broadband roll-out, which I think has been an unequivocal success despite the occasional criticism I receive."

Ed Vaizey

Vaizey also added, "We were dragging four operators with us, metaphorically kicking and screaming."

"We have had communities campaigning against masts and putting concrete blocks in front of the base stations to prevent any further work."

The original budget of £150 million was run by Arqiva in co-ordination with the four major mobile network operators; EE, O2, Vodafone and Three. Out of that original budget only £10 million was spent.