Launch of 5G will not solve UK's rural connectivity problems, research claims 

Mail Online | 10/3/2019 | Jack Elsom For Mailonline
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The much-hyped rollout of 5G will not solve the connectivity issues in Britain's countryside communities, research has warned.

Many phone users are reluctant to upgrade to the next-generation network as a 23million people still struggle to get 4G signal on a weekly basis, according to a uSwitch survey.

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And a concentration on urban towns and cities for the launch of 5G means that rural citizens will not even have the option to sign up.

Researchers claims that only 28 per cent of the UK will be covered by the network by the end of 2019.

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As a result, uSwitch says it found that only 14 per cent of users plans to upgrade to 5G in the next year, and only 19 per cent believe it will improve connectivity.

Ernest Doku, mobiles expert at uSwitch.com said: 'With so many of us completely reliant on our smartphones these days for our news, work, shopping and social media updates, there is little more frustrating than being unable to connect to phone services which we pay for.

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'Ofcom reports that 66 per cent of the UK has 4G coverage from all major providers, but more than 23million people are still facing difficulties connecting to their networks.

'This can sometimes be blamed on network congestion at busy times, but often the capacity simply isn't there for the numbers of people wanting to access a service they have paid for.

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