In 2016, Ofcom published a report entitled “Economic geography: an analysis of the determinants of 3G and 4G coverage in the UK”. This included an econometric analysis of factors that affect the level of 3G and 4G mobile coverage available to consumers in different areas. This report sets out to update that analysis using 3G and 4G coverage data for 2017.
We had two primary aims in undertaking this analysis:
Throughout the report, we find that much of the variation in 3G/4G coverage between different parts of the UK can be explained by differences in the likely demand for, and cost of providing, mobile services. As the deployment of 4G by the MNOs is still underway, it is perhaps too early to draw inferences from the remaining unexplained regional differences in 4G coverage.