2015 mobile not-spot report: so who's exactly in the dark?

The 2015 mobile not-spot report is out, and not surprisingly, with 48 per cent of British phone users encountering not-spots once every week, there's still a long way to go before we bid goodbye to not-spots, notwithstanding what the operators claim.

East Anglia, for example, is the worst hit. Around 56 per cent people experience not-spots at least once a week, and 28 percent every day. However, in the north-West of England, the numbers come down to 44 per cent and 17 per cent respectively. Imagine owning a premium phone yet not being able to make calls, send texts or even browse the web once every week.

On an average, 48 per cent of users across the UK encounter not-spots at least once a week and 21 per cent every day.

In London, over 48 per cent users experience not-spots at least once every week, which boils down to millions of residents and tourists.

Not-spots are usually a result of buildings or hills blocking lines of signal between your phone and the masts. So a not-spot in a crowded city will usually be as common as in a sparsely populated hill. However, availability of routers in such places usually solve such issues.

Dan Howdle, Cable.co.uk's consumer telecoms expert, says, ""The UK mobile networks claim UK coverage of 99% plus. Anyone with a mobile phone can confirm their own experience doesn't tally up."

 "That half of us encounter a not-spot once a week or more often demonstrates that the UK still has a long way to go before not-spots are a thing of the past. Just don't expect that to happen any time soon. There is more profit in 5G than there is in patching holes," he added.

Cable.co.uk collected data on not-spots from 6,000 mobile phone users across UK. Despite the high percentage of people encountering not-spots, its not that network operators aren't concerned. In February, EE, O2, Three and Vodafone made a £5 billion investment decision to improve mobile signal strength across the UK by 2017.

To support their decision, Ofcom has also reportedly amended their respective licenses so that over 90 per cent of the country is covered under mobile signals. At that time, 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.”


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