Time for mobile access anywhere, Labour urges

Louise Haigh, Labour's Shadow Digital Economy Minister has today welcomed the report from the National Infrastructure Commission but warned the Government need to do much more.

The report found that when it comes to mobile coverage, an essential of today's economy, the U.K. is in the digital slow lane and lags behind most of its European partners. The UK is currently 54th in the world for 4G coverage and typical users can only access 4G around half of the time.

Labour has long called for greater ambition from the government and tabled amendments to the Digital Economy Bill to introduce a universal service obligation for mobile coverage, something the infrastructure committee have now backed.

Commenting, Louise Haigh, Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy said:

"On broadband and mobile coverage, essentials in the economy of today & tomorrow the UK is having to make do with second best. That's holding British business back."

"And the Government's chronic lack of ambition is leaving Britain in the digital slow lane, pursuing 2G coverage targets in a world where most are looking for 4G."

"While it is welcome that the National Infrastructure Committee have back Labour's call for mobile access anywhere through a universal obligation, the Government have dragged their feet on this ambition throughout. It's time they stepped up to the challenge they've so far ducked ."