Forget 4G, Vodafone still missing 3G coverage obligations, Ofcom reveals

Vodafone is the only significant UK network not to live up to its obligation to offer 3G mobile data coverage to 90 per cent of the UK, Ofcom disclosed in a report published on Thursday.

Under the regards to the 2100MHz 3G spectrum license held by EE, 3, O2 and Vodafone, the networks are needed to provide coverage for 9 in 10 Brits.

The other three have actually held up their end of the bargain, according to Ofcom’s findings, but Vodafone has received a public dressing down for falling simply 1.4 per cent short of the target.

For its part, Vodafone has actually accepted make up the shortfall by the end of 2013 by updating leaving 2G websites to 3G, which need to suffice to exceed the magic number.

Ofcom throws a Voda-bone

In the report, Ofcom wrote: ‘Ofcom’s evaluation of each operator’s compliance with the protection responsibility is that EE, 3 and O2 have actually fulfilled this responsibility however that Vodafone fell 1.4 % short of the 90 % coverage demand. Following conversations with Ofcom, Vodafone has put in location a plan to bring itself into compliance with the 3G coverage obligation by the end of 2013.’

In a statement to TechRadar, Vodafone also pointed out that it will have 98 per cent of the leaking in lovely 2G, 3G and 4G coverage by 2015, which is 2 years ahead of Ofcom’s demands.

The network composed: ‘Our 3G licence consists of an obligation to cover 90 % of the populace and Ofcom is completely familiar with our strategies to ensure compliance by the end of this year.

‘Our network investment stands at additional information than ₤ 900m this year alone and we remain on track to deliver indoor coverage across 2G, 3G and 4G to 98 % of the populace by 2015, 2 years ahead of the regulatory authority’s deadline.’