3G cov­er­age is worst in the UK

The Oban Times - - News -

A RE­PORT pub­lished last week has found that Scot­land has the worst third gen­er­a­tion (3G) cov­er­age in the UK.

The re­port from the tele­coms watchdog, Of­com, found that a quar­ter of Scot­land’s land­mass has no mo­bile cov­er­age and that, at 97.1 per cent, Scot­land has the low­est pro­por­tion of premises in the vicin­ity of which a 3G sig­nal can be re­ceived.

This com­pares with 99.6 per cent in Eng­land and a UK-wide av­er­age of 99.3 per cent.

Back in 2014, Ar­gyll and Bute was listed as the worst af­fected area in main­land Scot­land for poor cov­er­age, with 42.4 per cent of the area in a par­tial ‘not-spot’.

‘Not-spots’ are ar­eas where there is cov­er­age from some, but not all, of the four main mo­bile net­works.

In the com­ing months, Of­com will pub­lish maps en­abling con­sumers to com­pare op­er­a­tors’ mo­bile cov­er­age through­out the UK. The maps will en­able users to zoom to a spe­cific lo­ca­tion, or sim­ply en­ter a place name or post­code, and re­ceive data on cov­er­age for each mo­bile net­work - down to 100 square me­tres.

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