Ofcom confirms compliance with 3G coverage obligations by all cellcos

3 Feb 2014

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed that all of the UK’s major mobile phone networks are now meeting their 3G coverage obligations. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in November last year the watchdog had revealed that Vodafone UK had failed to meet the obligation of covering 90% of UK homes with a 3G service by June 2013; at that date the cellco was said to reach 88.66% of premises. In its latest announcement regarding the matter, Ofcom noted that following its previous study it had agreed plans with Vodafone under which the latter would bring itself into compliance with the 3G coverage obligation by end-2013. With Ofcom noting that Vodafone actually met the obligation ahead of that deadline, having carried out work on 129 mobile transmitter sites, it said that it would no further action against the cellco in this instance, having taken into account a number of factors, including the margin by which the original target was missed.

Looking ahead, Ofcom has now said it plans to carry out research into the quality of mobile reception and coverage, and is aiming to publish new data revealing 3G and 4G mobile broadband performance in the spring.

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