Cambrian News photographer - One in 10 homes and businesses without 4G signal

ONE in 10 homes and businesses in Ceredigion do not get any 4G signal, according to Ofcom.

Cambrian News reported “Figures from the communications regulator’s Connected Nations report show that, in January 2018, 10 per cent of premises in the area did not have any 4G coverage.

The data also shows that 66 per cent of homes and businesses did not have reliable 4G coverage from all mobile phone networks. Last year, that figure was 89 per cent.

Campaigners have said that it is essential for consumers to get access to 4G from all four networks, so they do not have to suffer localised monopolies.

The County Land and Business Association is calling on the government to introduce legally binding targets to force the mobile phone networks to extend 4G coverage.

It told the Cambrian News that mobile phone operators were letting rural areas become “a digital wilderness”.

CLA senior economic adviser, Dr Charles Trotman, said: “State-of-the-art coverage will improve productivity of businesses and make them far more profitable.”

Ofcom has proposed introducing obligations that require networks to deliver better quality indoor coverage.

An Ofcom spokesman said: “We agree mobile coverage must improve, particularly in rural communities; we’re working with the government and the industry to support this.

“We want mobile companies to extend their networks as a priority, and we’ve announced plans to make them increase coverage for rural areas as we release more airwaves next year.”

Ofcom’s report also measures coverage by geographical area, for someone using their phone outside.

The figures show that just 34 per cent of the total area of Ceredigion is covered by all four 4G networks” here.

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