Residents of the Ormsary community for the first time will now be able to make use of the mobile phone network to use email and the internet thanks to the Vodafone’s Rural Open Sure Signal programme which was launched in Ormsary Community Hall (Friday 5th February).
A simple Sure Signal box fitted to the roofline of the hall will distribute the signal over a wide area thereby providing a reliable 3G service to Vodafone users.
Local MP, Brendan O’Hara who took part in the launch welcomed the move and said,
“I regularly receive contact from my constituents regarding difficulties with connectivity, so seeing the Ormsary area able to benefit so strongly from this initiative is very welcome and I do hope that this will be replicated throughout Argyll and Bute”.
He went on to say that,
“Lack of connectivity is a major factor in many people leaving our rural communities and anything that helps to stimulate economic activity will help to redress this”
Also taking part was Argyll and Bute MSP, Michael Russell who added
”I am very pleased that Ormsary has been successful in securing a Sure Signal service which will massively improve communication and accessibility. Rural communities must not be left behind by the digital revolution and Vodafone’s commitment to these areas and this development is vital and welcome.”