Nearly a quarter of Welwyn Hatfield businesses and homes are without full 4G coverage

PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 August 2018

Almost a quarter of homes and businesses do not have full 4G coverage. Picture: Radar.

Almost a quarter of homes and businesses do not have full 4G coverage. Picture: Radar.

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Almost a quarter of homes and businesses in Welwyn Hatfield do not have full 4G coverage, latest figures have revealed.

Statistics from Ofcom’s Connected Nations report show that in January 2018, 23 per cent of premises in the area did not have reliable 4G coverage from all four mobile phone networks.

That is the same figure as January the previous year, the communications regulator confirmed.

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

Ofcom also measured coverage by geographical area, for someone using their phone outside, which showed that 90 per cent of the borough is covered by all 4G networks.

A spokesman for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: “We have implemented major changes to planning laws and made it cheaper and easier for the industry to roll out masts.

“But the mobile companies now need to act fast on these reforms and deliver better coverage across the UK, particularly in rural areas.”

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