Vodafone has had the threat of Ofcom action lifted after the operator confirmed it has met its obligation to cover 90 % of UK homes.
In a statement sent to Mobile, Ofcom said, as a result of Vodafone’s action, all of the UK’s major mobile phone networks are now meeting their 3G coverage obligations.
Late last year Ofcom had announced that the mobile operators EE, Three and O2 had all met an obligation to cover 90% of UK homes by June 2013. However, one operator, Vodafone, had failed to meet the obligation, reaching 88.66%.
Vodafone subsequently agreed plans with Ofcom to bring itself into compliance with the 3G coverage obligation by the end of 2013. Following another coverage assessment, Ofcom has confirmed that Vodafone has met its obligation ahead of this deadline.
It is understood that, in order to comply with Ofcom’s requirements, Vodafone had to upgrade 129 mobile transmitter sites.
In the statement Ofcom stressed that it takes the requirements of its licensees very seriously. The regulator warned that breaches of these obligations can incur a penalty.
Commenting on Vodafone’s compliance ahead of the agreed deadline, Ofcom said: “Having taken these factors into account, and the margin by which the target was missed, Ofcom has decided that it will not take any further action on this occasion.”
A Vodafone spokesman said: “We welcome Ofcom’s confirmation that our network coverage exceeds the 90% population coverage obligation, which was achieved before the end of 2013. We remain committed to delivering 98% population coverage across 2G, 3G and 4G by 2015 and are investing more than £900m in our network in this year alone.”