Ofcom reveal that 3G coverage in UK is far from great

2 November 2011

The 3G satellite, this morning

Those meddling kids at Ofcom are at it again, pointing out how rubbish everything is, this time, pointing out how lousy our 3G coverage is. They say that a paltry 13% of the UK (by geography) has a 3G signal from all five mobile networks.

Now, in fairness to network providers, the coverage actually covers 73% of households and businesses, however, it does mean that 7.7 million premises don't have a choice of all five networks. 1.2% of premises don't have access to 3G access at all.

"Ofcom's data shows considerably better household coverage compared with geographic coverage," the report said. "This is because mobile providers tend to priorities investment in network infrastructure where the maximum number of consumers and businesses can be served."

While that may seem like common sense, it's not great news for those living in the Scottish Highlands and chunks of Wales where they've got the worst 3G coverage in the United Kingdom.

Apparently, there are 38 million active 3G connections with an average 0.24GB downloaded per connection each month, compared to 17GB per fixed broadband line.

"We do not have any evidence to suggest that inherent network limitations are a significant contributor to the difference in data volumes across fixed and mobile networks," Ofcom claimed. "Large file downloads and video streaming, which represent a significant proportion of fixed line broadband traffic, are less popular on smartphones and laptops used on the move."

Looking at broadband, Ofcom found that 14% of UK households are still on lines below 2Mbits/sec, while only 58% have access to superfast lines, which Ofcom defines as connections faster than 24Mbits/sec.

Poor show.

TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile   Broadband


  • Sawyer
    Always good to know I'm in the bottom 1.2%, with no 3G coverage from ANY network. It's worth pointing out that I'm neither in the highlands nor mid-Wales, but actually just outside London not far from a tube station.
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