Mobile signal improvements deal agreed

By Steven Hawthorn on 18/12/14

A deal has been reached between the government and mobile operators, including Three Mobile, to improve mobile signals in the UK. 

The Department for Media and Culture today announced that a deal has been agreed to bring better mobile coverage to ‘notspots’ around the country, which will cost £5 billion. 

EE, O2, Three Mobile and Vodafone will improve their mobile services by 2017, cutting ‘notspots’ by two-thirds. 

The government has also said the £5 billion investment will be made by the operators, in accordance with the deal’s terms and conditions.

Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid said: “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.”

Full coverage from the mobile networks is expected to jump from 69% to 85% as a result from the new deal.

Originally, the government proposed that mobile networks shared their masts, with customers being able to connect to another provider when their operator is out of reach. 

However, networks disagreed with the idea, claiming that it would affect competition in the mobile market.

The deal will now be put forward to UK communications regulator Ofcom, to work on finalising Annual Licence Fees and subscription fee mobile operators pay to the government. 

Source: Western Daily Press

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