UK government, operators reach deal to boost mobile coverage

Thursday 18 December 2014 | 09:14 CET | News
The UK government and the country's four mobile network operators, EE, O2, Vodafone and 3 have reached a binding agreement to increase network coverage rather than establishing a national roaming agreement, which the operators opposed. The carriers have collectively agreed to invest GBP 5 billion to improve mobile infrastructure by 2017. They pledged to provide guaranteed voice and text coverage from each operator across 90 percent of the UK geographic area by 2017, halving the current 'partial not-spots', areas where consumers have coverage from some but not all mobile networks. The

Thank you for visiting Telecompaper

We hope you've enjoyed your free articles. Sign up below to get access to the rest of this article and all the telecom news you need.

  • Register free and gain access to even more articles from Telecompaper. Register here
  • Subscribe and get unlimited access to Telecompaper’s full coverage, with a customised choice of news, commentary, research and alerts.


Already registered?

Free Headlines in your E-mail

Every day we send out a free e-mail with the most important headlines of the last 24 hours.

Subscribe now

Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: 3 UK / EE / O2 / Ofcom / Vodafone
Countries: United Kingdom
::: add a comment

Add comment

We welcome comments that add value to the discussion. We attempt to block comments that use offensive language or appear to be spam, and our editors frequently review the comments to ensure they are appropriate. If you see a comment that you believe is inappropriate to the discussion, you can bring it to our attention by using the report abuse links. As the comments are written and submitted by visitors of the Telecompaper website, they in no way represent the opinion of Telecompaper.


UK MPs call for roaming, fines to improve mobile coverage

Published 31 Oct 2016 09:11 CET | United Kingdom
A group of UK MPs has published a report calling on the government to do more to end mobile 'not spots' in the country. Their ...

UK govt to refuse taller mobile masts - report

Published 26 Mar 2015 11:03 CET | United Kingdom
The UK culture department officials have told mobile network operators that they will not be able to deploy taller masts to ...

Carphone Warehouse to use, sell RootMetrics app

Published 20 Feb 2015 13:05 CET | United Kingdom
UK retailer Carphone Warehouse will offer customers information from mobile coverage benchmarking company RootMetrics to allow ...

Ofcom consults on licence price impact of coverage increase

Published 19 Feb 2015 09:32 CET | United Kingdom
UK communications regulator Ofcom has published a consultation until 17 April on whether a new obligation to extend mobile phone ...

UK publishes map of publicly-owned infrastructure

Published 03 Feb 2015 22:48 CET | United Kingdom
The UK government has published a map of publicly-owned digital infrastructure and is making available more than 13,000 miles of ...

Ofcom amends licences for 90% territorial coverage

Published 02 Feb 2015 11:27 CET | United Kingdom
UK communications regulator Ofcom has amended the licences of the country's four MNOs following a December 2014 agreement between ...

Labour threatens to vote against deal with mobile operators

Published 14 Jan 2015 15:49 CET | United Kingdom
The UK's opposition Labour party has threatened to withdraw its support for a December agreement between government and mobile ...

CLA attacks proposal on operators' access rights pricing

Published 14 Jan 2015 10:18 CET | United Kingdom
The UK's Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has called on MPs to vote down proposals that would give the government ...

Britse regering sluit akkoord over mobiele dekking

Published 22 Dec 2014 12:22 CET | United Kingdom
De Britse overheid en de vier mobiele operators hebben afspraken gemaakt over de dekking in het buitengebied. EE, O2, Vodafone en ...

UK operators, minister meet to find mobile coverage deal

Published 01 Dec 2014 09:32 CET | United Kingdom
Top executives from the UK's four mobile network operators will meet cabinet ministers, including culture secretary Sajid Javid ...

EE report shows economic cost of national roaming proposal

Published 27 Nov 2014 15:08 CET | United Kingdom
UK mobile operator EE has published a report by Capital Economics which estimates that the government's proposal for national ...

UK operators agree increased coverage offer - report

Published 20 Nov 2014 10:08 CET | United Kingdom
UK MVNOs EE, O2, Three and Vodafone, have agreed to offer to invest tens of millions of pounds to boost rural coverage and ...

UK operators deny lack of effort to improve coverage

Published 07 Nov 2014 10:30 CET | United Kingdom
The Mobile Operators Association (MOA), which represents the UK's four MNOs on radio frequency health and safety, and related ...

UK government consults on improving mobile coverage

Published 05 Nov 2014 15:05 CET | United Kingdom
The UK department of culture, media and sport has launched a public consultation until 26 November on ways to improve mobile ...

Home secretary opposes national roaming on security ground

Published 05 Nov 2014 10:26 CET | United Kingdom
UK home secretary Theresa May has written to culture minister Sajid Javid arguing that the latter's plans to end so-called mobile ...

Government raises the pressure for national mobile roaming

Published 03 Nov 2014 09:42 CET | United Kingdom
The UK government is expected to launch a consultation this week on legislation that would require mobile operators to introduce ...

Operators reject govt demand for national roaming - report

Published 08 Sep 2014 09:22 CET | United Kingdom
UK telecom executives have rejected a government demand to improve mobile phone coverage in rural areas, forcing ministers to ...

National roaming would not end mobile blackspots

Published 27 Jun 2014 10:52 CET | United Kingdom
Government plans to make mobile network operators share infrastructure would improve mobile coverage but it would not eliminate ...

Govt wants mobile industry to boost rural coverage

Published 06 Jun 2014 10:18 CET | United Kingdom
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has told Ministers to improve mobile coverage in the countryside after becoming concerned about ...

Calendar   /   Industry Events

23 Apr Millicom Q1 2019
23 Apr Verizon Q1 2019
23 Apr Twitter Q1 2019
23 Apr Snap Q1 2019
23 Apr China Unicom Q1 2019
24 Apr Brightcove Q1 2019
24 Apr Microsoft fiscal Q3
24 Apr F5 Networks fiscal Q2
24 Apr Tele2 Q1 2019
24 Apr Line Q1 2019
24 Apr STMicroelectronics Q1 2019
24 Apr Facebook Q1 2019
24 Apr Orange Belgium Q1 2019
24 Apr Netgear Q1 2019
24 Apr Grameenphone Q1 2019
24 Apr AT&T Q1 2019
25 Apr Juniper Networks Q1 2019
25 Apr Comcast Q1 2019
25 Apr Amazon Q1 2019
25 Apr T-Mobile US Q1
25 Apr Nokia Q1 2019
25 Apr DNA Q1 2019
25 Apr Rovio Q1 2019
25 Apr Digital Realty Q1 2019
25 Apr Netia Q1 2019
25 Apr Telia Q1 2019
25 Apr Customer Experience Management in Telecoms World Summit
25 Apr Blockchain Expo Global
25 Apr AI Expo Global
25 Apr IoT Tech Expo Global
::: More Calendar Items