Britain has worse mobile internet coverage than Romania, Albania and Peru and suffers from vast ‘digital deserts’, a report has found.
Lord Andrew Adonis, who led the investigation, told the BBC that coverage on the UK’s trains and motorways was ‘frankly appalling’. He urged ministers to ensure there would be far fewer dead spots on the next-generation 5G network.
“The government has been putting more investment and obligation requirements on the mobile operators but we think that needs to be taken further,” Lord Adonis, who heads the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), told the BBC’s Today programme.
The Commission found that the UK is in 54th position in global rankings for 4G, with typical users able to access the service only 53 per cent of the time.
The Commission warned that Britain is “languishing in the digital slow lane” and that even major city centres are lacking coverage.