Mobile Telephones

Wales written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Owen Smith Owen Smith Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales

(1) what progress has been made toward the extension of mobile telephone coverage on the A470(T); and what the anticipated timetable is for delivery;

(2) discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the extension of mobile telephone coverage on the A470(T).

Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan The Secretary of State for Wales

I have regular meetings with ministerial colleagues on a range of issues that affect Wales, including the extension of mobile telephone coverage along the A470.

The Government have shortlisted six potential providers from the pre-qualitative questionnaires it received and the six providers will be invited to tender in due course. A list of those providers can be found at:

http://www.culture.gov.uk/what_we_do/telecommunications_and_online/8757.aspx

The Mobile Infrastructure Project's procurement timeline is for the award of the contract to be made around the end of this year and that the work would commence in early 2013 to be completed by the target date of the end of this Parliament in 2015.

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