Millions facing signal blackouts as eight in ten areas do not have consistent 4G coverage

MILLIONS of mobile users face signal blackouts because their area is not properly served by full 4G, Which? says.

The consumer group found eight in ten areas do not have consistent coverage from all four operators — EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

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Parts of Sheffield, Essex, Brighton, Cardiff, Milton Keynes and Leeds were identified as falling short in its analysis of Ofcom data.

Rural Scotland and Wales had the lowest levels. Based on parliamentary constituencies, 524 out of 650 are affected.

The Government has vowed to increase mobile coverage to 95 per cent of the UK by 2022.

But the Local Government Association said ministers must hold ­operators to account to “ensure our communities and businesses receive world-class connectivity”.

SHAKE UP ‘VITAL’

Chairman Mark Hawthorne added: “To prosper in the digital age, residents and businesses need access to fast and reliable digital connectivity at home, at work and while on the move.

“High quality and consistent mobile coverage is a vital part of this, and can only be achieved if communities are served by all four major mobile operators, not just one or two.”

Only a quarter of constituencies across England were well served with 4G coverage from all four firms.

Just three in Scotland and one in Cardiff made the cut, but none in Northern Ireland.


Mobile UK — the trade association for the country’s mobile network firms — said the industry is already investing £2billion a year to enhance and improve networks.

Its proposed Shared Rural Network will “significantly reduce partial not-spots and extend coverage”. Mobile UK called on the Government to “work with us to help achieve these goals”.

A Government spokesman said that improving mobile coverage in rural areas was a priority and they are “considering all available options to facilitate this”.



 

Source: thesun
Millions facing signal blackouts as eight in ten areas do not have consistent 4G coverage