UK government commits £150M to boost mobile coverage

The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer has committed the government to spending £150 million in an effort to provide mobile coverage to 99 per cent of the UK population. This move, which will be financed from government departments that underspend, should provide around six million more UK residents with mobile coverage in remote areas of the UK. The UK government said that the new money would be used to pay for new masts, with procurement expected to begin next year. The British telecoms regulator, Ofcom, said that, as part of the LTE spectrum auction, it will be proposing that one operator be required to deploy an LTE network providing at least 2Mbps download speeds to remote areas of the UK. Article