The government has binned its plan to force the networks to allow roaming within the UK, instead convincing EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to put a combined £5bn pot of cash toward beefing up their current infrastructure.
Don't go expecting 4G in every Welsh valley, though. The deal sees the networks agree to provide a basic voice and text service to 85 per cent of the UK's land mass (a tougher target than the usual percentage of population goals) by 2017, meaning many blackspots on networks will likely be filled by 2G signals only.
The deal, which will be enforced by regulator Ofcom, also includes a promise from the four big networks to improve existing signal strength over their 2G, 3G and 4G masts, so there ought to be more bars for nearly everyone in a few years' time. [Gov.uk via Guardian]