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Lack of phone signal sees David Cameron call for 'national roaming' scheme

UK government to put an end to mobile 'not spots'
Mon Jun 23 2014, 11:11
A pair of mobile phone masts stand proudly against the backdrop of a blue sky

THE UK GOVERNMENT is considering launching a national roaming scheme under which mobile operators could be forced to share their respective networks to eliminate mobile 'not spots'.

Over the weekend, Prime Minister David Cameron revealed that he cut short his recent holiday to Cornwall due to his lack of phone signal, blasting these 'not spots' - areas where mobile phone users are likely to experience low-quality calls, dropped calls and lack of signal - as a "really big issue for people all over the country".

Because of this, The Independent reports that UK ministers are discussing plans to persuade mobile operators to share their phone masts to improve coverage and fix the 'not-spot' problem.

A spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said, "The government has made clear it wants to ensure the UK has world-class mobile phone coverage as part of our investment in infrastructure for the long term economic plan.

"We are investing up to £150 million to improve mobile coverage in areas where there is currently no coverage from any of the mobile network operators.

"Of course we want to look at what more can be done in areas with poor coverage.

"We've invested heavily to bring coverage to around 98 [percent] of the population. We support the principle of expanding coverage to address areas less well served and are in discussions with government about the most effective means to deliver that."

According to research published by Arqiva, there are over 1,000 'not spots' in the UK, which can be found in a number of regions, including Yorkshire, Cornwall, Wales and Scotland. µ


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