Mobile Phones: Wales

Department for Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 10th July 2015.

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Photo of Albert Owen Albert Owen Labour, Ynys Môn

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Wales and (b) Ministers in the Welsh Government on the roll-out of 4G mobile telephone coverage in rural areas in Wales.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Culture Media and Sport)

I have not had such discussions yet. As part of the 800MHz spectrum auction Telefonica has a licence condition requiring them to deliver 4G coverage to 98% of UK premises (and a minimum of 95% of premises in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) by 2017. Other mobile network operators have publicly stated an intention to match this coverage, so consumers should benefit from greater choice and greater coverage. Ofcom’s Infrastructure Report shows that as of June 2014 44% of premises in Wales had 4G coverage and 79% of Wales received 3G coverage.

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