4G For All: Ofcom Takes Steps Towards Universal Connectivity

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A Government report has said that the UK’s introduction of 5G must be handled far better than that of 4G. The advice comes after many of the mainland areas that were expecting to be able to connect to a 4G network through mobile devices are still struggling without, even with the introduction of the next phase of 5G just around the corner.

Lord Adonis, who heads the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), told the BBC’s Today programme that the mobile coverage on the nation’s trains and motorways was “appalling”. He went on to say that: “The government has been putting more investment and obligation requirements on the mobile operators but we think that needs to be taken further.”

Ofcom is also unhappy with the UK’s patchy access to 4G connectivity and the lack of infrastructure on major transport routes. They expect the situation to improve a great deal over the coming months. A spokesman for the regulator said: “We agree that mobile coverage must improve, so we’re pleased the NIC shares our ambition for universal coverage”. They went on to say that “our rules mean that virtually all UK premises must receive a 4G signal by the end of next year, and we’re also making more airwaves available to boost mobile broadband.”

As the speed with which we connect to the Internet and online services whilst on the move becomes increasingly imperative and mobile device technology continues to make itself ever more indispensable, it seems that increasing the speed and accessibility of mobile broadband is one of the most important infrastructure developments of our time. We will watch the introduction of 5G with interest and report back with and and all the developments.

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