Rural businesses in UK held back by lack of 4G access
As of the end of 2017 there are no legal targets in place to ensure the mobile network operators invest in improvements.
The CLA, which represents 30,000 landowners, farmers and rural businesses in England and Wales, has asked Ofcom to force reluctant mobile network operators to improve coverage in rural areas by imposing a legally binding coverage target on their operating licences.
It is calling for EE, O2, Vodafone and Three to be required to deliver 4G coverage to 95% of the UK geographic landmass on all networks by 2022.
Analysis of Ofcom data conducted by the CLA shows that while 4G can currently be accessed on all host networks across 58% of the UK, rural areas are served the worst.
The ten local authority areas with the lowest rates of indoor 4G coverage in England are all given the most rural Government classification of Mainly Rural, and have indoor 4G coverage of less than 15%.
The worst served are Rutland (3.42%), Ribble Valley (6.37%) and Maldon (8.63%). ■