Monday, 18 November 2019

Can we really expect telcos to foot the bill for boosting rural connectivity?

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Friday 17 May 19

The UK's big four MNOs have announced plans for a new scheme to help meet the government's 95% geographical mobile network coverage obligation by 2021

Earlier this week, the UK's mobile network operators (MNOs) announced that they had agreed an alternative deal with the UK government to boost rural connectivity and eliminate Britain's notorious connectivity notspots. Yes, just 72 hours after I published last week's Friday Review calling for the UK's MNOs to get their act together on rural connectivity, the announcement came that a solution had been reached. Who ever would have guessed that our #BringingBritainTogether campaign would make such a quick impact! On a serious note, the announcement reiterated something that we already knew – that UK telcos can't afford to deliver on the government's current plans…

Earlier this week, the UK's mobile network operators (MNOs) announced that they had agreed an alternative deal with the UK government to boost rural connectivity and eliminate Britain's notorious connectivity notspots. Yes, just 72 hours after I published last week's Friday Review calling for the UK's MNOs to get their act together on rural connectivity, the announcement came that a solution had been reached. Who ever would have guessed that our #BringingBritainTogether campaign would make such a quick impact! On a serious note, the announcement reiterated something that we already knew – that UK telcos can't afford to deliver on the government's current plans…

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