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Question for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 228156, tabled on 18 March 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the roll-out of 4G to areas of Great Britain that are complete or partial not-spots since the agreement with the mobile network operators announced on 18 December 2014.

Answered on

25 March 2015

The DCMS has not made any specific assessment of 4G roll-out to complete or partial not-spot areas since the agreement was reached with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) on 18 December 2014. The coverage obligations that were agreed with MNOs have now been made legally binding by Ofcom through a voluntary licence variation on 2 February 2015. Monitoring and enforcement of licence conditions is a matter for Ofcom.

Ofcom also collects data on the provision of digital infrastructure, including 4G mobile services, and publishes this annually as part of its Infrastructure Report. Data on 4G coverage from the 2014 Infrastructure Report is available on Ofcom’s website:http://infrastructure.ofcom.org.uk/