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Mobile Broadband

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 29th November 2016.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Conservative, Welwyn Hatfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the potential use of macro hot spot roaming in areas that suffer from poor mobile coverage.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Policy)

Improving mobile connectivity across the UK, including in rural and hard to reach areas is a priority for the Government. The licence obligations arising from the December 2014 agreement have locked in investment of £5 billion and are delivering improved coverage across the UK with Ofcom's Communications Market Report (August 2016). Our regulatory reforms to mobile planning laws and proposed reform of the Electronic Communications Code will support further investment and improvements. Roaming was considered in the 2014 consultation and rejected in favour of the legally binding licence obligations on each MNO to provide voice/SMS text coverage to at least 90% of the UK’s landmass. Roaming would discourage investment and potentially increase complete not spots.

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