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Connected when they need it most

Saturday, 03 December 2022

The Scottish Government’s Scottish 4G Infill Programme (S4GI) is a £28.75 million initiative delivering 4G infrastructure and services in up to 55 mobile “notspots” in rural and remote parts of Scotland. S4GI is being delivered in partnership with WHP Telecoms and the Scottish Futures Trust, and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support activity in the Highlands and Islands.

The S4GI mast in Ae, Dumfries and Galloway has made a massive difference to the community. We caught up with Alan Newbiggin, Ae resident and managing director of Dumfries-based Molplant Construction:

“The Ae local community is delighted that an S4GI mast (Ae D&G) has been constructed next to the village.

"Whilst the village is only around 50 houses, along with several farms and the Forestry Commission, the benefits to the area are enormous. Ae Forest is a magnet for walkers, cyclists and downhill racers, with 5,000 – 10,000 visitors a year to the area.

"Whereas before there was limited or no mobile phone coverage, there is now good network coverage, enabling visitors and the local community to keep connected when they need it most.”

This case study is an example of the huge benefits the #S4GI programme is bringing to local communities. Find out more here: Scottish 4G infill programme: progress update - (