EE 4G masts have filled in no-coverage zones across the UK totalling 12,000 sq km, the mobile giant claims.
That’s an area equal to the entire landmass of Jamaica or Qatar.
For comparison, the whole of the United Kingdom covers just shy of 250,000 sq km.
In the last 12 months EE says it has added 4G and 2G coverage in remote locations that, before they stepped in, had zero mobile connectivity from any provider.
Mobile blackspots are a serious issue for the UK.
While the major cities enjoy triple-figure data speeds, it’s a different story out in the sticks.
Countryside businesses and farmers are most at risk from losing money from unreliable broadband connections. Groups like the National Farmers’ Union regularly blast British broadband as being ‘stuck in the 1990s’.
While millions in metro areas tend to enjoy fast free WiFi, especially in public squares, on public transport and in city centres, once you replace roads with fields, it’s a totally different kettle of fish.
EE has been investing hard in developing its 4G network over the past couple of years.
The upgrade of old masts and the addition of 105 new ones are mainly in rural west Scotland, north Wales and northern England, which is to their benefit, to be fair.
Of course there are profits to be made by EE, they are a business first and foremost, but the UK government should be heartily ashamed for leaving vast swathes of the countryside without any coverage in the first place.