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Government Cracks Down on Mobile Notspots

According to the government, a fifth of the UK suffers from poor mobile coverage.

The government plans to oblige mobile networks to improve their coverage, which could possibly ask them to share their rivals' networks.

Notspots is a term to describe an area of no coverage where people are unable to send or receive texts or phone calls.

Partial notspots are said to affect a fifth of the UK and one possible solution would see people transferred to rival networks when they lose signal.

Experts are not convinced this will work however.

Culture secretary Sajid Javid is determined to sort out the issue of mobile notspots.

He said: "It can't be right that in a fifth of the UK, people cannot use their phones to make a call. The government isn't prepared to let that situation continue."

The proposals to end the frustration is currently only aimed at improving 2G services and include national roaming, infrastructure sharing, reforming virtual networks and coverage obligation.

The government has given the industry, businesses and the public until 26th November to respond to the proposals.

Rory Cellan-Jones, technology correspondent at the BBC believes mobile phone operators had indicated that national roaming would be bad for the consumer.

He said: "Operators argue that roaming would shorten battery life as phones searched for the strongest signal, and pose a risk to the security of their networks."

Matthew Howlet, an analyst with research firm ovum believes that the government's preferred plan of national roaming is a "messy solution that ought to be abandoned".

He said: "The cost, complexity and side-effects of national roaming make it such an unworkable fix that the industry thought it had been dropped.

"What needs to happen over the next month is collectively for the the mobile operators to work with government to come up with an agreeable fix that addresses not only poor voice coverage, but also data too."

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