The UK’s four main mobile networks have come to an agreement with the government to improve the country’s mobile coverage.
Three, EE, O2 and Vodafone have compromised and agreed to a £5 billion investment in a bid to tackle the areas within the country in which mobile users report patchy coverage, which are known as ‘not spots’.
An issue that arises when it comes to ‘not spots’ is that a couple of the networks may work in specific ones while other networks do not and it is hoped that the new proposal will help put an end to this.
The investment will aim to see these areas with bad coverage become fully covered within the next two years and by 2017 it is hoped that all four networks will have seen an increase in full coverage from 69 per cent to 85 per cent.
Should this all be successful, it will in turn actually half the number of areas with patchy coverage, which will undoubtedly be welcomed news for those living within the spots.
This news comes after the networks had initially rejected the government’s proposal to allow customers to use another network in areas where their own wasn’t available.
The new investment will be regulated by Ofcom which will enforce the deal.
Speaking about the new agreement, the 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.”
The chief executive officer of EE, Olaf Swantee, also spoke of the importance of the deal and said: “This agreement ensures that our customers are able to stay connected in even more places up and down the country.”