An EE spokesperson has told Mobile the operator believes ‘national roaming’ is a ‘flawed concept’ which would ‘deteriorate network reliability for tens of millions across the UK’.
It is widely anticipated that the Department for Culture Media and Sport will announce plans to introduce some form of ‘national roaming’ legislation this week.
It is understood that during the consultation process there was a lack of clarity from the Government over the issue of 'national roaming' with a number of alternative suggestions being to the proposal being ignored.
An EE spokesperson told Mobile: ‘We fully support Government on the joint ambition to improve rural coverage. We’re keenly aware that there are some parts of the UK where customers still can’t get adequate signal levels and, while we’re already working on some significant nationwide coverage improvement plans, we also need Government to work more closely with the industry to remove the barriers to efficiently building more signal in more places.’
‘What we don’t want to do is implement the flawed concept of 'national roaming’. This will deteriorate network reliability for tens of millions across the UK, plus it also risks prices rising, which customers understandably won’t tolerate.’
Mobile has contacted the DCMS and is awaiting a response