Coverage for UK 'not spots' to be improved

Monday, December 22nd 2014
Many mobile coverage 'not spots' are to be tackled following a new deal.
Coverage for UK 'not spots' to be improved
A new deal has been announced between the government and several of the UK's largest mobile network providers that will see improved coverage for many areas currently suffering from poor connectivity.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is to work alongside network operators EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to deliver a £5 billion improvement to mobile infrastructure by the end of 2017.

Through this investment, the combined national level of coverage for these operators will rise from 69 per cent of geographic areas at present to 85 per cent once all work is completed.

In addition to ensuring customers are able to make calls and text, the improved coverage will also serve to bolster mobile broadband connectivity, giving mobile users the chance to more easily stay connected when on the go.

Responding to the announcement, culture secretary Sajid Javid commented: "Government and businesses have been clear about the importance of mobile connectivity ... so this legally binding agreement will give the UK the world-class mobile phone coverage it needs and deserves."

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