Budget 2015: Osborne commits £600m to improve mobile networks


Chancellor also pledges to bring ultrafast broadband of 100Mbps to ‘nearly’ all UK homes

Chancellor George Osborne says the government will spend up to £600 million to clear new spectrum bands for auction to improve mobile phone coverage.

The Chancellor made his remarks during today’s Budget statement during which he also said the government would test the ‘latest satellite technology’ to improve coverage in remote communities.

He lauded the government’s progress on technology over the past five years claiming that there are six million 4G users in the UK, something made possible by the £2.3 billion spectrum auction in 2012.

Elsewhere, the Chancellor said the government was committing to bringing ultrafast broadband (100Mbps plus) to “nearly all homes in the country”. Although he didn’t provide any timescale for the plan.

Osborne also pledged to provide funding for WiFi in public libraries and to expanding the broadband voucher scheme to more UK cities. The scheme provides funding of up to £3,000 for businesses to get fibre broadband.

£140 million of funding for research into smart cities infrastructure and additional investment into the ‘Internet of Things’.

“We’ll invest in what is known as the Internet of Things. This is the next stage of the information revolution, connecting up everything from urban transport to medical devices to household appliances.”