Thursday, 14 November 2019

Dear telcos – Why are connectivity blackspots still a thing in 2019?

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Friday 10 May 19

As the impending launch of 5G in the UK promises to usher in an age of ubiquitous connectivity, we ask why so many people in rural communities are still unable to access basic mobile network services

Today’s Friday Review comes to you from a coffee shop in rural Kent. As I sit tapping away at my keyboard, life is pretty good: The coffee is flowing and outside on the village green the local church is holding its bank holiday weekend fete. A little slice of rural England at its finest. There is one thing spoiling this bucolic scene, however, I have no mobile reception and neither does anyone else in the coffee shop. In fact, no one in the entire village is able to get a good enough signal from any one of the UK’s four mobile network operators to make or receive a call, let alone access mobile broadband services. Welcome to my life! Just a mile down the road from the coffee shop, my house also sits in one of Britain’s connectivity not-spots, meaning that I get no mobile signal at home and can only access the crappiest of fixed line broadband options.  Ever fancied watching your favourite BBC show on iPlayer, buffering every 30 seconds and leaving a ghostly silhouette streaking across the screen when the action gets &lsquo…

Today’s Friday Review comes to you from a coffee shop in rural Kent. As I sit tapping away at my keyboard, life is pretty good: The coffee is flowing and outside on the village green the local church is holding its bank holiday weekend fete. A little slice of rural England at its finest. There is one thing spoiling this bucolic scene, however, I have no mobile reception and neither does anyone else in the coffee shop. In fact, no one in the entire village is able to get a good enough signal from any one of the UK’s four mobile network operators to make or receive a call, let alone access mobile broadband services. Welcome to my life! Just a mile down the road from the coffee shop, my house also sits in one of Britain’s connectivity not-spots, meaning that I get no mobile signal at home and can only access the crappiest of fixed line broadband options.  Ever fancied watching your favourite BBC show on iPlayer, buffering every 30 seconds and leaving a ghostly silhouette streaking across the screen when the action gets &lsquo…

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