04 Mar Government admits failure in bid to end mobile blackspots
If you happen to live or work in a mobile blackspot then you’ll no doubt feel as though you waste far too much time and energy with the frustration of it all. If you are wondering why you are still experiencing problems with reception then it could be down the failure of the government’s mobile infrastructure project.
Mobile infrastructure project
The £150 million project was unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne back in 2011, the project aimed to bring an end to signal blackspots in rural and countryside locations across the UK. The project actually went live in 2013 with a target of installing 600 new masts to improve the situation.
The project has now been axed after just 16 masts have been successfully installed during the last three years. The Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey has admitted the project has been a failure. He cited issues with securing suitable sites for new mobile masts due to planning regulation as the main route of the problem.
Whilst this is clearly bad news for those who have seen no improvement in their reception and there are consumers and businesses in rural areas that are still experiencing significant issues with coverage improvements are made being made thanks to the continued roll out of 4G. The government expect the area of not-spots to fall to as low as 2% of the UK by the end of 2017, and the area of partial not-spots (where one or more operators does not have coverage) to fall to 12%.