Vodafone fails to meet 3g coverage obligation

The operator missed the June 30 deadline to achieve 90 per cent 3G coverage, but has set out a strategy to comply by the end of this year.

Vodafone has failed to meet its 3G coverage obligation, telecoms regulator Ofcom revealed today (November 7).

When 3G mobile spectrum licences were awarded in 2000, they included an obligation to roll-out services to 80 per cent of the UK population – a figure increased to 90 per cent in 2010.

EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone agreed to reach this new coverage obligation by a deadline of June 30 2013.

Vodafone is the only operator which failed to meet its obligation, missing the 90 per cent target by 1.4 per cent.

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