Shared Rural Network Agreement

The Rural Shared Network (SRN) is a deal with EE, O2, Three and Vodafone, which are investing in a network of new and existing telephone poles, overseen by a joint venture called Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited, which they would all share. For more information on visiting the shared rural network: www.mobileuk.org/shared-rural-network But Richard Neudegg, head of regulation at Uswitch.com, warned that this approach was “potentially exciting, but that there are still some potential asperities on the road, and it is only at the beginning of this year that some suppliers will discuss how cost sharing would work in practice. It is important that the government continue to put pressure on network operators to prevent this type of hiccup from delaying implementation.┬áToday`s announcement by the government to support the Rural Shared Network (NSS) is above all good news for consumers. The UK`s largest land area, with 4G coverage from the UK`s four mobile network operators, will increase from 66% to 84%; Each operator provides 4G up to at least 90% of the country`s land mass; Partial emergency points are virtually eliminated; and more than 1,800 square miles of the country will receive 4G for the first time. Work to make the NRS available can begin immediately. Just weeks after the December 2019 general election, the government introduced a $200 million programme in February 2020 to boost industrial and rural 5G, to help key sectors harness the potential of modern technologies, particularly 5G networks, and to meet the government`s commitment to “overprozon” infrastructure across the UK. In the NRS, Scotland and Wales will benefit from the strongest growth in 4G coverage for the four mobile network operators, from 42% to 74% and 58% to 80%, improving coverage where people live, work and travel. Since the telecommunications company has the largest coverage in the UK, BT/EE has the most to lose, the TV-neutral infrastructure should be broadcast more widely. As part of the negotiations on the shared rural network, telecommunications companies should open their own infrastructure to their rivals, while some kind of compensation would be part of the agreement.