Ofcom promise to improve mobile signals in the UK
Mobile signals in the UK can be really patchy, so with that in mind, we've all been promised better signals which means we can spend our time waiting for people in pubs mucking about on our phones, instead of swearing under our breath.
EE, Vodafone, O2, and Three are all teaming up with the government to ramp up coverage to 90% of the UK by 2017. To help, Ofcom has announced that they're going to vary the licences of the signal overlords to boost the signals of the main providers.
Plainly speaking, this means that they're going to reduce the licence fees paid by operators, which will allow them to increase the availability of voice and text services around Britain. Ofcom say: “In light of these variations, Ofcom will shortly consult further on the annual licence fees for the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum bands."
"The Government directed Ofcom in 2010 to revise these fees to reflect full market value after the completion of the 4G auction. The two bands are used for 2G and 3G, including voice calls, and some 4G services."
In return, the biggest four operators will throw £5 billion at improving network coverage.
Not only that, Ofcom will be working alongside the government on a £150 million infrastructure project, which will allow mobile phone masts to be placed in current mobile hot spots, which is all very pleasing to hear. Unless of course, someone erects a mast on top of your head.