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MOBILE OPERATORS AGREE PLAN TO BOOST COVERAGE ACROSS THE UK

 

The four UK mobile operators have voluntarily reached an agreement to provide voice and text coverage to at least 90% of the UK land mass by the end of 2017.  

John Cooke, Executive Director of the Mobile Operators (MOA) said: “The UK already enjoys some of the lowest prices in Europe, and, some of the best coverage in Europe. This new agreement will make the UK the only major country in Europe to have a 90% land mass coverage obligation”.  

He added: “In addition, the agreement will ensure that full coverage from all four mobile operators will increase from 69 per cent to 85 per cent of geographic areas by 2017; and will provide reliable signal strength for each type of mobile service, whether 2G, 3G, or 4G”.  

In return for this major investment commitment from the industry, the Government has agreed to reform the Electronic Communications Code – something industry has been urging for years; it will allow many Government buildings to be used as sites for mobile infrastructure; and will ask Ofcom to look at operators’ Annual Licence Fees. 

 

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Notes to Editors

1. The Mobile Operators Association (MOA) represents the four UK mobile network operators – EE (including Orange & T-Mobile), Telefónica UK, Three UK, and Vodafone – on radio frequency (RF) health and safety, and related town planning issues associated with the use of mobile phone technology.  

2. According to Ofcom (Infrastructure Report 2014) http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/research/infrastructure/2014/IR_5.pdf

outdoor 2G mobile coverage is available to 99%of UK premises from at least one operator, while 84% of premises have outdoor 3G mobile coverage, and 72% already have 4G.  

3. Also according to Ofcom, UK consumers enjoy lower priced communications services than people in other major European countries and the US.  http://media.ofcom.org.uk/news/2013/uk-communications-deals-cheaper/   

4. The DCMS announcement covering the agreement can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-secures-landmark-deal-for-uk-mobile-phone-users  

5. For more information please contact Christine Jude 07736 110787 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    

 

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