MNOs agree to reduce number of UK signal 'not spots'
If you read our last blog post you'll know that there are four major Mobile Network Operators operating in the UK; EE, O2, Vodafone and Hutchison 3G (Three Mobile). Between them they have approximately 83.1 million subscribers whch makes up the UK mobile usage market.
Consumers and businesses are set to benefit from a guaranteed £5bn investment into UK’s mobile infrastructure between the four networks as the UK Government has secured a binding agreement from the providers.
The UK's Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said, “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."
The new proposal is set to tackle poor signal issues and to reduce the number of 'not spots'. All four networks are looking to increase full coverage from 69% to 85% by 2017 and effectively cut the total number of ‘not-spots’ where there is currently no mobile coverage by two-thirds.
This announcement has not come completely unannounced as only last month there were rumours that new legislation would be passed that would force mobile telephone companies to eliminate blackspots in their network coverage.
The new law means that essentially UK networks would have to provide coverage for users on their network if said user cannot obtain coverage on their own service providers airwaves.
For instance if you were on the EE network and in an area where there was poor to no coverage from Everything Everywhere but great coverage from Vodafone, any calls you make would go through the Vodafone network reather than EE.
So far there is no word on if any additional 'roaming charges' will be made for this network hopping.