Dumfries and Galloway's local MP has received a pledge of better mobile coverage in the region after being briefed by one of the UK's largest digital communication companies.
Alister Jack has campaigned since being elected for better mobile coverage in his largely rural Dumfries and Galloway constituency.
He was brought up to date on improvements by EE, part of the BT Group, when he met the company's senior public affairs manager Alex Jackman at Westminster.
The company plan to improve coverage and quality for their customers by increasing the number of sites they have across Dumfries and Galloway.
Mr Jack particularly welcomed work the company are carrying out at the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary (DGRI) where staff, visitors and patients have described struggling to get a mobile phone signal.
He was assured by Mr Jackman that EE customers should be able to receive all services on the network from next month.
After the meeting, Alister Jack welcomed the pledge by EE to provide a better service for his constituents.
He said: “Poor mobile and broadband services are major issues in our region and, put simply, it is holding our economy back.
“I welcome the steps that EE have taken to improve services, especially at the new hospital where there is currently no signal at all.
"I hope other network providers follow suit and come up with a similar solution as soon as possible."
He added: “I was also interested to learn more about 4G Home, an alternative option for people who struggle to get a decent broadband speed in their house by running that service over the 4G network.”
Meanwhile, Mr Jackman said: “We have recently built brand new sites in The Rhins and the Isle of Whithorn, as part of dozens of new sites providing better coverage across Dumfries and Galloway.
“EE’s 4G coverage is now in more places than our 2G and 3G, so for customers to make the most of the network, a 4G Calling capable handset and plan is needed."
He added: "These handsets don’t have to be expensive and will give customers access to mobile coverage they might not realise is already there.”