How long before we move to having an Openreach for mobile? It does kind of make sense.
UK ministers are meeting the heads of O2, Three, EE and Vodafone later today to formalise plans for a Shared Rural Network (SRN), which would improve coverage in rural black spots. The SRN will allocate £1bn to build new masts in areas that lack decent coverage, as well as upgrade existing ones. Customers from each of the …
It is probably down to 5G being shorter range and so would need a lot more masts for the same total coverage. They will want maximum return per mast and siting will be a challenge to say the least but also, will there be the interest away from the cities in making use of 5G compared to 4G?...they will probably be too busy fainting from getting a signal at all
There are many who think that the current state of 5G is the stupid answer: expensive, late, short-range and unable to reach inside buildings.
Just please, please don't ask whether the emperor has no clothes, or my currently modestly-usable 4G will not get upgraded but instead replaced by crass stupidity.
Nick Jeffrey saying: "A rural postcode should not be a barrier to receiving a decent mobile signal.
So why have you sat on your arse for the past 15 years (start of 3G) and not done anything about it? Imagine all those extra customers you could have signed up if you (or anyone else) had a network that worked in all kinds of places. Word would soon get out that your network had coverage and the others didn't.
Twenty years ago when I got my first mobile my choice of network was the only one that had any reception at home. (Even if that meant, only on one side of the house, upstairs, by a window).
These days you can get some signal from all the networks there, but Vodafone is still the most usable.
It's almost like putting up a mast just to serve a village of about fifty people is too much money.
I stayed in a hotel in Ulswater in the Lake district last year. No mobile reception there or for miles around. Must be more than just a temporary irritation for the locals though. All this banging on about 5G and they haven't even got a mobile signal at all. Those narrow twisting roads are not a place to have an accident or the car break down either.
Scotland, for example, will see 4G coverage from at least one operator rise from 80 per cent today to 91 per cent by 2025. Wales will also see a sizeable improvement, going from 89 per cent to 95 per cent.
'x' per cent of what? Population or land mass? I suspect the former, as there's no way I'd believe Scotland has 4G covering 80% of the landmass....last time I was in the lower bit of the Highlands, it was sometimes a struggle to get anything above GPRS. I reckon 91% coverage by population could be achievable while still leaving a lot of land without coverage.
Why's a UK government dept putting out coverage figures of a proposed UK network enhancement, by UK service prodivers, for rural UK areas, in kilometers? Did we go fully metric overnight or something? Seems odd for a country that typically measures distance - especially roads and large areas - in miles and square miles. Maybe they know something we don't...