£1bn deal has been invested to expand rural mobile network coverage in the United Kingdom. This new achievement involves all four major mobile networks in the UK and will be signed by all the four operators as the Government announced.
Combining all Network (SRN) project, EE, O2, Three and Vodafone will be working together to deliver “strong 4G” across all areas of the UK that lack sufficient network infrastructure. The operators will put heads together to ensure they reach this milestone by using all existing infrastructure and expanding the areas with poor network coverage.
Looking at Ofcom’s Connected Nations 2018 report, 65 per cent of the UK landmass has 4G data coverage from all four operators, but 9.3 per cent of the UK had no 4G data coverage from any operator which makes it lack balance.
The new deal by the UK should make it easier to transmit coverage to atleast 90 per cent, while the remaining 9.3 percent that also lacks 4G network could be shared between operators to ensure that those areas also benefits and become balance.by the end of the deal atleast network-combined coverage will reach 95 per cent of the UK by the end of 2025. The SRN will provide guaranteed coverage to 280,000 premises and 16,000km of roads. The Government also expects some further “indirect improvements over time”, including a boost to ‘in car’ coverage on around 45,000 km of road and better indoor coverage in around 1.2 million business premises and homes.
The networks also decided to invest £532m as part of the deal, with the aim making sure the objectives are achieved . especially to focus on area which lack network coverage from all operators.
The Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden stated that: “For too many people in the countryside a bad phone signal is a daily frustration. So today we’re delivering on the Prime Minister’s 100-day promise to get a £1 billion landmark deal signed with industry to end poor and patchy mobile rural coverage. This is an important milestone to level up the country, improve people’s lives and increase prosperity across the length and breadth of our United Kingdom.”
In response to the announcement, a spokesman for industry regulator Ofcom said: “We welcome this agreement, which will make a real difference to all mobile customers right across the UK. We are making the coverage commitments legally binding by including them in operators’ licences. We’ll also monitor and report on companies’ progress in bringing better coverage to people and businesses.
The chief executive Dave Dyson described the deal as a “game-changer for the country”.
Vodafone UK boss Nick Jeffery said: “A rural postcode should not be a barrier to receiving a decent mobile signal. Together, we have created a programme that is unmatched anywhere in the world. It will mean an end to mobile ‘not spots’ for people in the more remote areas, whether they are at home, at work or on the move. We will now get on with the job of delivering it.”
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