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UK operators will invest £5 billion in infrastructure to solve network 'not-spots'

The UK government has managed to reach an agreement with local operators to work on the issue of nationwide 'not-spots': areas restricting access to basic mobile functions due to weak signal coverage. EE, O2, Three and Vodafone will invest a guaranteed £5 billion to improve mobile infrastructure by 2017 with the aim to provide 90 per cent of the UK with both voice and text coverage.

Not only will major operators work on providing at least basic connectivity to 90 per cent of the UK, but the companies will also increase full coverage from 69 per cent to 85 per cent of geographic areas by 2017. Interestingly, the UK government noted that no cash payments will be made by the government to mobile networks as part of the binding agreement.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid commented on the announcement:

"I am pleased to have secured a legally binding deal with the four mobile networks. Too many parts of the UK regularly suffer from poor mobile coverage leaving them unable to make calls or send texts. Government and businesses have been clear about the importance of mobile connectivity, and improved coverage, so this legally binding agreement will give the UK the world-class mobile phone coverage it needs and deserves. The £5bn investment from the mobile networks in the UK's infrastructure will help drive this Government's long-term economic plan."

The government expects mobile operators to meet an interim goal in 2016. Check the official announcement for more details.

Source: UK Government

  • For such a small country mobile coverage outside large urban areas is very poor. I work within 15 miles of Manchester (in fact on a clear day I can see Manchester city centre from my lab) and yet I get zero signal on anything but Vodafone.
  • We all know that they got something in return, don't fool yourselves Posted via the Galaxy Note 4
  • Interestingly, the UK government noted that no cash payments will be made by the government to mobile networks as part of the binding agreement. So I guess this means they'll be more news on underhanded dealings with the UK government in the future? Posted via my "Material Design Modded" Rooted Sprint LG G2. (Rooted Sprint GS3 FreedomPop[MVNO]
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  • Ain't no free lunch.
  • Let's hope this goes better than the roll out of so-called super fast broadband that BT have a billion pound monopoly of. Posted via Android Central App
  • well im in the middle of Hull city centre, the 9th biggest city, the capital of culture for 2017, and not only do we have a monopoly on phone systems (Kingstom communications is the only provider) so we get chagred £40 a month for 10mb with a 35Gb cap, but the mobile coverage in this small city is disgusting, and we are a low lying city with not many tall buildings and hills etc but we are left way behind every other major city and even the not major, Im on three and I have 1 bar with connection speeds of 0.01, 0.03, 0.04kb, even dial up would feel like high speed broadband compared to that