BRITAIN'S four major mobile phone operators have pledged to work with North Yorkshire County Council to improve mobile phone coverage.

The council and industry body Mobile UK hosted a meeting on that brought together representatives from operators EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

They discussed coverage across North Yorkshire and sought to understand from operators how to achieve improvements in areas with challenging topography, no or poor coverage.

The council also discussed possible funding options for tackling the "not-spots" with other bodies, including the Local Enterprise Partnership, and making its own property available to be used to host mobile infrastructure.

Mobile UK spokesman Gareth Elliott said: “North Yorkshire represents a particular challenge to mobile operators due to its population spread and unique topography."

The council's executive member for access Cllr Don Mackenzie said: “We are greatly encouraged by the support given at the meeting by the main mobile phone operators."