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Tories pledge to increase coverage of all four operators

Saf Malik
November 27, 2019

Proposed increase in coverage will be fast-tracked in the first 100 days of a Conservative majority

The Conservative Party has said they will increase geographic coverage of all four network operators in the first 100 days of a Conservative majority government.

The party has said they will finalise a £1 billion agreement with mobile phone operators to build new phone masts, improving mobile services to the countryside.

Currently, only 66 per cent of the UK landmass has geographic coverage for customers, this could shoot up to 95 per cent under proposals put forward by the Conservatives.

The Conservative party has outlined plans for a “Shared Rural Network” which would see new masts built and existing infrastructure shared between the four mobile network operators.

This will ensure 4G service for all customers, regardless of their provider across almost all of the UK.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Mobile phones are revolutionising our day-to-day lives and are crucial for businesses as they compete and grow.

“We are determined to make sure that no part of the country is left behind when it comes to mobile connections.

“If a Conservative majority Government is elected, in our first 100 days we will fast track agreements for mast sharing between networks, alongside new investment in mobile infrastructure to tackle rural not-spots by 2025 and make poor mobile signal a thing of the past.

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