Improving rural broadband coverage, particularly mobile broadband, is a growing concern for regulators and governments. These hard-to-reach and unprofitable areas continue to see poor connectivity and numerous initiatives are being adopted in an attempt to address this.
- The sharing of mobile infrastructure is not a new concept, but such a coordinated and large-scale project is not something that has been attempted before. The four main mobile operators in the UK announced radical plans for a shared rural network in October 2019, which would allow at least 92% of the country to see good quality 4G coverage by 2025.
Features and Benefits
- Assesses the new shared rural network agreed in the UK.
- Compares the UK shared network with the German initiative.
Key questions answered
- What are the key aspects of the new shared rural network in the UK?
- How does the German shared rural network compare with the UK initiative?
Table of contents
New commitment from MNOs means that the upcoming spectrum auction no longer includes coverage obligations
9% of the UK does not have access to 4G connectivity from at least one operator
The shared rural network in Germany requires all MNOs to take on an equal share of the expansion projects