Three Mobile joins rural coverage talks

By Steven Hawthorn on 24/09/14

UK mobile operators, including Three Mobile, are in talks with the government about sharing access to their masts to improve rural coverage. 

EE, O2, Three Mobile and Vodafone are in talks to make plans to bring better mobile reception to rural areas of the UK. 

If the plans come into force, customers on these networks will be able to receive coverage from another operator if theirs goes out of range. 

However, experts in the industry have been against these plans as it would undermine billions of pounds in radio spectrum and differentiating their services within the market. 

Despite the current opinions of experts, the government has said it is determined to improve mobile coverage in rural Britain and has refused to withdraw the possibility of national roaming as an option. 

The discussions, that are currently ongoing, will decide on a compromise which will benefit residents in rural areas and protecting mobile operators’ investments. 

Mast sharing will mean providers would be able to install their own signal equipment to a single mast, which will cut the cost of increasing coverage massively. 

An Ofcom spokesman said: “National roaming is one of a number of topics being discussed with Government and mobile providers. 

“Ofcom is advising Government on the technical aspects of a range of ways to help improve mobile coverage.”

It seems we won’t be seeing any official resolution just yet. 

Source: Telegraph

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