Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
PM To Tackle ‘Not-Spots’.
The Prime Minister has, so it is said, joined the rest of us in getting fed up with ‘not-spots’ – areas where you can’t get a mobile phone signal.
Astonishingly, it appears that even Downing Street suffers from flaky mobile service while, it is said that the PM has had to cut short West Country holidays because of lack of a mobile signal.
It seems odd that a Prime Minister of a reasonably major country can be rendered incommunicado by the vagaries of the commercial telecoms networks, and it could be that this is yet another electoral stratagem of Lynton Crosby to make the PM seem like one of us in the face of all the evidence against.
Nonetheless, if the not-spot problem is getting Prime Ministerial attention, then relief may be at hand, not only for the PM, but for the rest of us.
The plan is to tell network operators to make their masts accessible to all mobile phone users.
So your mobile phone gets connected to the nearest mobile mast whoever the mast belongs to and whichever network you’re subscribed to.
The operators, of course, are against the plan. They say switching between different operators’ masts will itself caused dropped calls.
The unfortunate minister charged with the task of bringing the operators round to the PM’s way of thinking is culture secretary Sajid Javid.
Apparently, The EU moves to provide free roaming in 2016 have precipitated the UK plan because the EU plan would mean that foreign visitors to the UK would get a better service than the locals who would remain tied to one operator’s network.Tags: Lynton Crosby, mobile phone, mobile phone signal, West Country holidays