How good is your 4g signal?
Well we imagine that unless you live in a large city or conurbation, it will not be very good and even if you do live somewhere that 4g is available, almost certainly it will be patchy. In 2010 the government instructed mobile phone networks to ensure that 90% of the population was covered by a 3g signal by June of this year, so far only Vodafone has achieved that. However, covering 90% of the population is a far cry from covering 90% of the country and many areas in our country are blackspots for a telephone signal never mind 3g, so for many there is a long way to go.
Clearly, there are reasons why these blackspots are apparent when you consider that the UK population is around 63,182,000, most of whom live in the south east of the country. So to cover 90% of the population it is only necessary to cover areas such as the south east and other major conurbations.
In an effort to combat the lack of mobile signals in some areas the government has lost patience after the big four operators failed to come up with a voluntary agreement to cover the blackspots. This is where customers may have a contract with a company and they are unable to make calls or send text messages, even though other networks may be available. So in this digital world it is frustrating to find your ‘phone does not have a signal let alone 3g and 4g is laughable.
Foreign visitors to the country can, through roaming, find a signal to switch networks and it is this that the government is looking towards and it may be that if the mobile operators do not agree upon a voluntary arrangement they may be forced through legislation. Someone who was speaking on behalf of Whitehall is reported to have said. “We want to eradicate this situation of partial not-spots. There is expected to be a consultation in the coming days and this could include a legislative option. If these companies do not change, we might force them to change.”