The UK Government’s £150 million Mobile Infrastructure Project has only seen 16 masts installed since it launched – despite its original ambition to cover around 600 sites.
Most of the budget remains unspent.
UK communications regulator Ofcom has decided that the annual mobile fees for mobile operators will treble, following a government direction that the fees should reflect ‘full market value’.
Ofcom has concluded that mobile operators should pay a combined annual total of £199.6m per year for the 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum bands.
No sign of mandated national roaming in ‘landmark deal’ for mobile phone users
Sajid Javid MP, the UK Government Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has announced what’s described as a “landmark deal” with the ‘big four’ mobile networks to improve coverage.
It follows a three-week consultation period that involved the government proposing mandated ‘national roaming’ as one of the options to improve rural coverage in areas where some networks provided service but others didn’t.
UK communications regulator Ofcom says Sharon White will become its new Chief Executive from late March next year.
She’s currently Second Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury, where she is responsible for managing public finance.
The UK government has announced plans for new ‘emergency’ laws to allow telephone and internet data to be retained.
It follows a ruling in April by the European Court of Justice that said Europe’s Data Retention Directive was invalid because it didn’t contain enough safeguards.