We’re racing along on 4G in the UK now, maybe even super-fast 4G if you’re on EE, and already we’re starting to look ahead to the next generation, predictably referred to as 5G.
But spare a thought for those areas in the UK with patchy mobile signal, or even – worse still – no signal at all. The good news is: a massive £5bn investment will see many of those areas addressed within two-and-a-bit years.
That’s the story in today’s press release Government secures landmark deal for UK mobile phone users.
Essentially, the Big Four UK mobile networks – that’s EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – will work to address those areas with shoddy signal, with each of them ultimately offering 90% coverage by 2017.
In effect, that’ll halve the number of partial “not-spot” areas (a delicious play on “hot-spot”, hahaha! Ahh…), and cut total not-spots by two-thirds.
As an added bonus, the £5bn investment will likely create new jobs, and provide the UK with some of the best mobile coverage in Europe.
“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,” croons Culture Secretary Sajid Javid.
“Government and businesses have been clear about the importance of mobile connectivity, and improved coverage, so this legally binding agreement will give the UK the world-class mobile phone coverage it needs and deserves. The £5bn investment from the mobile networks in the UK’s infrastructure will help drive this Government’s long-term economic plan.”
Needless to say, spokespeople for the Big Four were all dead happy, too, about being forced to pay billions to extend their coverage to the middle of nowhere. Good times.