Economic Geography – The determinants of mobile and fixed coverage in the UK
A variety of factors influence the level of fixed and mobile coverage that operators provide.
The decision to upgrade a fixed and/or mobile network is essentially a commercial judgement. Network operators will assess the profitability of upgrading a network in an area by considering the potential demand for services as well as the costs of providing those services.
In this study, we use statistical techniques to investigate two questions:
What determines the level of commercially provided fixed and mobile coverage?
We explore the drivers behind Openreach’s decision to commercially upgrade its cabinets to fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC), and the factors determining the level of 3G and 4G mobile coverage available to consumers.
Do commercial determinants explain regional differences in the level of fixed and mobile coverage?
We investigate whether commercial drivers explain regional differences in network coverage across the fixed and mobile landscape.