Sunday, 25 August 2019

How to make a big dent in the rural mobile coverage problem

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Tuesday 07 May 19

Total Telecom caught up with David Hilliard, founder and CEO at Mentor, to discuss the state of connectivity in Britain's rural communities

What are some of the key challenges in reducing Britain’s digital divide, particularly in rural areas?  The key challenge is that the incentives for MNOs to invest in rural areas are weak.  This means, MNOs prioritise network investments in locations with the most customers. All new network technologies tend to start their rollout in dense urban areas and eventually flow out to the rural fringe – from ‘Inside-Out’. This is a huge stumbling block for rural coverage – where there’s less revenue and higher costs…

What are some of the key challenges in reducing Britain’s digital divide, particularly in rural areas?  The key challenge is that the incentives for MNOs to invest in rural areas are weak.  This means, MNOs prioritise network investments in locations with the most customers. All new network technologies tend to start their rollout in dense urban areas and eventually flow out to the rural fringe – from ‘Inside-Out’. This is a huge stumbling block for rural coverage – where there’s less revenue and higher costs…

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