Apart from that, the companies will also increase full coverage from 69% all the way to 85% of geographic areas in three years’ time. It must be said that the UK government noted that no cash payments will be made by the government to mobile networks, which means it will all be privately funded as per the binding agreement.
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid shared on this announcement, “I am pleased to have secured a legally binding deal with the four mobile networks. Too many parts of the UK regularly suffer from poor mobile coverage leaving them unable to make calls or send texts. Government and businesses have been clear about the importance of mobile connectivity, and improved coverage, so this legally binding agreement will give the UK the world-class mobile phone coverage it needs and deserves. The £5bn investment from the mobile networks in the UK’s infrastructure will help drive this Government’s long-term economic plan.” [Press Release]