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Consultation launched to identify infrastructure which can be utilised in UK’s Shared Rural Network

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has today launched a new consultation to identify any existing infrastructure that may be used to support its investment in the Shared Rural Network. The infrastructure identified will be in areas where investment is used to reduce “Total Not Spots” (TNS)—those hard-to-reach areas where there is currently no coverage from any operator.  

This could be through ownership of specific telecommunications infrastructure or where there are plans to build such infrastructure, shown in the map below.  

The Shared Rural Network (SRN) is a £1 billion government deal with the UK’s four Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) EE, O2, Three and Vodafone, that will see both public and private investment in a network of new and existing phone masts closing not-spots and levelling up connectivity across every corner of the UK. It will bring an extra 280,000 premises and an additional 16,000 km of UK roads in range of a 4G signal - increasing total geographic 4G coverage to 95 per cent of the UK by the end of 2025.   

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