Slightly melodramatic headline there, but the George Osborne-backed £150 million project to boost mobile signal in rural areas has hit a couple of speed bumps.
Firstly, Three Mobile is having second thoughts, while the number of people expected to benefit from the project has been lowered significantly.
The news comes via The Guardian, revealing that Three Mobile is “concerned it will not have enough spectrum to deliver a good service”.
Three reckons its signal would work indoors, but not necessarily for customers on the move.
What’s happening is, see, the government will soon contract some guys to erect (*titter*) a number of masts across the country, ultimately providing mobile service in no-spot areas.
The project had originally hoped to benefit some six million people, but that figure has been revised to 60,000 premises or less. The decision was made that money can only be used in places where there’s no signal at all – from any of the major networks.
An estimated 900,000 homes and small businesses in the UK have only partial coverage (at least one of the Big Four being absent), while a tad under 1% have no signal whatsoever.