02 February 2015
Ofcom has varied the licences of the UK’s four mobile network operators to improve mobile coverage across the country.
This follows an agreement reached between the Government and EE, O2, Three and Vodafone in December 2014 to increase mobile coverage.
The licence variations commit the four operators to provide voice coverage across 90% of the UK’s landmass by the end of 2017.
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.
Helping to improve mobile coverage and quality of service are important objectives for Ofcom.
Ofcom continues to make progress on its plan to help improve coverage in the UK and provide consumers with reliable information, such as maps, on mobile reception.
This kind of research is designed to support consumers in choosing a service that best suits their needs, while helping promote competition between mobile operators on service quality.
Separately, Ofcom is working with Government on its £150m mobile infrastructure project, which is funding mobile phone masts in uncovered areas.