I'm sure the mobile operators want to speed up 2G switch-off so they can get their hands on its spectrum!
The UK's mobile operators have pledged to stump up half the cash for a £1bn "Shared Rural Network" (SRN) to tackle 4G notspots. All four – EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone – have signed proposals to bring rural coverage to 95 per cent of the UK by 2025 via £530m in industry funding, with the government committing to tossing in a …
I did a Google search for "bulk popped popcorn" and was delighted to get returns on various sites that do business in exactly that treat. Just do a bit of comparison shopping to get the best rates for the product itself & the shipping to your specific location, otherwise you may wind up paying 2x the price of the product just for the shipping itself.
*Happy Cookie Monster noises as I go through a bulk bag of butter flavored popcorn like a starving beaver through a major old growth forest*
"Sorry, are they proposing to reduce to rural-level connectivity to almost the entire population?"
Nope, the opposite. Presumably as it is all shared infrastructure - if you can get coverage from one operator you will be able to get coverage from t'other three (oops!).
Not as in this part of london where it's a postcode lottery of which networks you get and which you don't. Which means if the caller is on another network the call has a double chance of failing.
Maybe someone can explain this to me as it's always troubled me. Government puts up cash for infrastructure for private companies to profit. What do we get out of that? I know you could argue that without it then it wouldn't be done but then should they not regulate that if you want your pudding (cites) you have to eat your greens (rural).
From what we have been reading in this and every other publication that comments on mobile technology, 4G is just SO yesterday!. Surely our rural friends should be focusing on jumping direct to 5G. It is the future without which society will not be able to fully evolve at least until someone mentions 6G.
OK, sarcasm aside, I have friends who live near Gatwick airport who can hardly get a 2G signal. The mobile operators are only interested in services that will turn a profit. and they have been quite successful at it. Rather than giving subsidies to profitable private companies, the Government should make new frequency allocation dependent on filling these legacy network holes.
It's interesting to note that this will be a single network that all MNOs can access (presumably including their associated MVNOs). Is this the MNOs testing the water on a being able to form a single infrastructure mobile network through a full merger of Cornerstone (Voda+O2) with MBNL (EE + Three)?
Will that include making it work indoors?
We can "get" all four networks here, but none work indoors and they only work outside if it's not raining and the wind is in the right direction. ALL their coverage maps show "they provide service".
...it's called ESN (Emergency Services Network) or 'you scratch my back and I will scratch yours' when it comes to 4G. ESN will not work unless 4G can be extended into areas where 4G is presently non-existant such as parts of the Yorkshire Dales. More towers will be needed if the present Airwave UHF tower arrangments are no good for 4G or need to be supplemented by more towers. EE must be rubbing their hands in glee..... Th epossible good side is that some Parish Councils are demanding that any towers put up for ESN must make their 4G access available for everyone - not just the ESN users - before they give their prt of the OK to any planning application.
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