Arqiva awarded £150m to deliver rural mobile services

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced that Arqiva, the Winchester-based communications infrastructure and media services company, is to deliver the Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP).

MIP aims to enable mobile services in rural areas where there is no commercial business case to deploy these services.

Up to 60,000 premises and sections of road will be covered using the £150m funding allocated to the project.

The project sits alongside other initiatives including the £530m Rural Broadband project and the £150m ‘super-connected cities’ programme.

Arqiva will be responsible for a full scale mobile network roll out. The scope includes network planning, site acquisition as well as the deployment of site infrastructure and installation of equipment.

It is expected that an announcement will be made on which locations will benefit from improved mobile coverage in the summer.