12 May 2021


This world-first deal will be a huge boost for rural areas across the country

Ministers and bosses from the UK’s mobile network operators met on 9th March 2020 to sign a £1 billion deal to make poor and patchy rural phone coverage a thing of the past. This world-first deal will be a huge boost for people across the country in rural areas and will deliver strong 4G coverage irrespective of what network provider people use. The Shared Rural Network (SRN) is a deal with EE, O2, Three and Vodafone investing in a network of new and existing phone masts, overseen by a jointly owned company called Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited, they would all share.

For CSL’s Installers, this means you will be able to install with confidence when PSTN disappears and where wired IP is unavailable or not cost-effective. CSL’s solutions have supported many installations across many rural areas, and we understand and appreciate how important 4G, radio-only systems are for these remote locations. This ever-increasing availability of 4G coverage, combined with our roaming WorldSIMs and High Gain Aerials, ensures the best signal for every installation and the highest level of resilience for that system. This combination offers a better service than older wired systems, and access to sites that previously did not have it.

Currently the UK Government is proposing changes to effectively improve mobile phone connectivity and for people who live, work and travel in rural areas. The proposals would reduce the time and cost involved in building new phone infrastructure whilst minimising visual impact.

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To discover more on this Shared Rural network, please visit the Gov UK website.

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