News Articles

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

UK government launches a consultation about eliminating mobile 'not-spots'

The UK government has launched a three-week consultation on the options available to eliminate some areas of poor mobile coverage. It’s focussed on areas of the country where some mobile networks offer coverage whilst others don’t.

There are four main options in the consultation document:

  1. National roaming: allowing mobile phones to ‘roam’ onto another network’s signal when theirs was not available;
  2. Infrastructure sharing: insisting that mobile networks could put transmitters on each other’s masts;
  3. Reforming virtual networks: ensuring that MVNOs could offer mobile service that accessed all four UK networks;
  4. Doing nothing: allowing the current situation to continue.

Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said “I’m determined to ensure the UK has world-class mobile phone coverage as investment in infrastructure will help drive this government’s long-term economic plan. It can’t be right that in a fifth of the UK, people cannot use their phones to make a call. The government isn’t prepared to let that situation continue. We’ve been talking to the mobile companies about the problem and they are working with us to find a solution. This consultation will complement the work industry is doing and allow the government to hear from the wider telecoms sector, businesses and the public. Businesses have been clear about the importance of mobile phones and improved coverage will help deliver jobs and economic security.”

[Government consultation: Tackling Partial Not-Spots in Mobile Phone Coverage]

Author: The Fonecast
Rate this article:
No rating

Categories: Networks and operators, NewsNumber of views: 18033

Tags: uk legal

Leave a comment

This form collects your name, email, IP address and content so that we can keep track of the comments placed on the website. For more info check our Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use where you will get more info on where, how and why we store your data.
Add comment


Twitter @TheFonecast RSS podcast feed
Find us on Facebook Subscribe free via iTunes

Archive Calendar

«May 2024»


Terms Of Use | Privacy Statement