Sharing the infrastructure will allow the NSS to reduce the carbon footprint associated with improving mobile coverage, as fewer mobile websites will need to be installed, operated and maintained than usual. In addition, better mobile connectivity to rural businesses allows more services to be digitized in rural areas, reducing the carbon footprint of businesses. For example, business owners can increase the number of virtual meetings, reduce the number of personal meetings, and reduce unnecessary travel. For 4G networks, Ofcom defines coverage based on the minimum signal intensity required to successfully finalize a 95% 90-second phone call probability and a 95% chance of getting a download speed of at least 2Mbit/s. Mark Evans, CEO of O2, added: «I am proud of the work we have done to secure the agreement on the shared rural network, which ensures that customers living in rural areas receive fast and reliable coverage. Ofcom`s mobile coverage controller allows you to determine the coverage available to the four mobile network operators (MNOs) in any area. You can also visit 4G coverage controllers on each of mobile operators` websites. In a written statement to the House of Commons, Matt Warman, Parliamentary Secretary of State for Digital Infrastructure at the Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, published the government`s response to a consultation on proposed reforms to development rights allowed in England to promote the development of mobile networks. The deal will result in an increase in coverage of more than a third in some areas, with rural areas in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales experiencing the largest improvements in coverage. Given that the signatures will soon be affixed to this agreement, the quarrels seem to have been negotiated, although they show how delicate this procedure has been and remains. Ofcom spokesperson: «We welcome this agreement which will make a real difference for all mobile subscribers in the UK. We make the coverage obligations legally binding by incorporating them into operators` licences. We will also monitor and report on the progress companies have made in improving coverage for individuals and businesses.
The Shared Rural Network is an exciting project that marks a gradual change in 4G coverage in the UK. It is also ambitious with completion for 2025/26. The sector is ready and we look forward to working with local Council authorities to deliver mobile links to rural areas of the UK.