large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

UK Gov outlines plans to end signal blackspots

Mobile data providers could be forced to ensure customers don’t have to deal with patchy service under newly proposed laws.

Sajid Javid, the UK’s Culture Secretary, has offered up new legislation that could mean the big four mobile operators – EE, O2, Three, and Vodafone – would work together to ensure total service coverage.

The idea is simple – if you’re signed on with EE but you’re not getting signal, you could switch to another provider temporarily to access their services instead.

It’s nothing particularly new – travellers from abroad already have access to this sort of service in the UK due to existing network provider agreements.

According to the Telegraph, a source from Whitehall said: “We want to eradicate this situation of partial not-spots.”

“There is expected to be a consultation in the coming days and this could include a legislative option,” the source explained. “If these companies do not change, we might force them to change.

Enacting the law is very much a last resort, spurred on by the failure of the UK’s largest phone operators to come to a voluntary agreement.

If Javid’s proposed legislation comes to fruition, it will mean you’ll never be stuck without signal while your mate’s got four bars standing next to you ever again.

It seems dealing with the digital age is a big concern for the UK government lately. Just last week, Whitehall pledged to transform upwards of 1000 public buildings across the country into free Wi-Fi hotspots.

It’s all part of the government’s SuperConnected Cities initiative, which is making use of £150 million in funding to boost connectivity across the nation.

Hundreds of new mobile phone masts will be added to rural areas as part of the proposal too.

Read More: Sony Xperia Z4 release date

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.