Jul 27, 2017
UK mobile coverage winners revealed in study
The provider of best mobile coverage in the UK is influenced by geography as well as the operator, a study suggests. The study, from mobile network performance firm RootMetrics, also suggests that England has the highest amount of 4G while Wales trails behind. Ian Fogg, an analyst at research firm IHS Markit said: "To succeed, mobile operators must balance the amount of spectrum they own with how they manage their networks." Although 5G is still some years away from commercial availability, Ofcom is due to auction 3.4GHz spectrum in October, which will be used for the next generation of mobile networks. EE is not allowed to bid in the 2.3GHz category, which will be auctioned at the same time and can be used to enhance 4G. EE currently has around 45% of the UK's usable spectrum, following its acquisition by BT, which bid for spectrum in 2013 even though it did not have a mobile division at the time.
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