Government Throws Money at Mobile -- £150m to Boost UK Coverage

By Gary Cutlack on at

George Osborne has magicked up some money to help boost the UK's mobile infrastructure, finding and promising to spend £150m on enhancing the UK's mobile network -- so 99 per cent of the country will soon get a signal.

Despite these austere times, the government will actually pay for new mobile masts to be placed wherever needed, with the hope that voice call coverage increases by 2013. Data connectivity is planned to reach more users once the 4G network is running, after the network auction is completed next year.

Currently, mobile signals reach 95 per cent of the population in the UK, but only 90 per cent in the rural parts of Scotland and Wales. The new money should help an extra six million people get usable reception. [Guardian]

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