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.

Ofcom said it will not take any action against Vodafone for now, as the operator has set out a strategy to achieve 90 per cent 3G coverage by the end of 2013.

This will involve rolling out 3G to more mobile masts than Vodafone had originally estimated as being necessary.

The regulator will assess Vodafone’s progress in January 2014 and decide whether to take further action then.