UK operators will invest £5 billion in infrastructure to solve network 'not-spots'
The UK government has managed to reach an agreement with local operators to work on the issue of nationwide 'not-spots': areas restricting access to basic mobile functions due to weak signal coverage. EE, O2, Three and Vodafone will invest a guaranteed £5 billion to improve mobile infrastructure by 2017 with the aim to provide 90 per cent of the UK with both voice and text coverage.
Not only will major operators work on providing at least basic connectivity to 90 per cent of the UK, but the companies will also increase full coverage from 69 per cent to 85 per cent of geographic areas by 2017. Interestingly, the UK government noted that no cash payments will be made by the government to mobile networks as part of the binding agreement.
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid commented on the announcement:
The government expects mobile operators to meet an interim goal in 2016. Check the official announcement for more details.
Source: UK Government
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