EE, O2, Three & Vodafone agree £5 billion investment for 'not-spots'

By Jay Jay

A £5 billion investment decision has been made by EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to improve mobile signal strength across the UK by 2017.

In what could be great news for mobile users living in the 'not-spot' regions, Ofcom has reportedly amended their respective licenses so that over 90 per cent of the country is covered under mobile signals.

This suggests that the new deal wasn't exactly a management decision.

Speaking on the eve of the announcement, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said, “For far too long, too many parts of the UK have regularly suffered from poor mobile coverage, leaving them unable to make calls or send texts. Now at last we have progress that will give the UK the world-class mobile phone coverage it needs and deserves.”

To make it easier for the major operators to extend their signal coverages across the UK, Ofcom hs also promised to re-look into the license fees for the 900 MHz and the 1800 MHz spectrum bands. The operators seemed delighted with the new move, expressing their happiness at the agreement.

Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, said “We are delighted that this agreement has been completed, ensuring that once rolled out, our customers will be able to stay connected in even more places up and down the country.”

If the new deal is carried out as per schedule, in a couple of years we should see mobile networks competing across the country. This should bode well for customers in terms of signal strengths as well as custom-made mobile contracts.

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