The British Infrastructure Group (BIG), made up of 90 MP’s, have called on mobile phone companies to allow customers to roam between networks in areas of the UK where they struggle to get reception.
The group said that foreign visitors get better coverage, as they are not tied to any provider, so can use the strongest signal.
The report said 17milion customers had poor reception, and it named 525 areas with non-existent coverage. The cross-party group of MP’s called on ministers to make sweeping changes, including changing the law to allow domestic roaming in the UK, making it cheaper for customers to switch provider, and identifying the worst phone networks.
Phone companies insist they are working hard to make their coverage better.
BIG chairman Grant Shapps MP said, “It is unacceptable that areas in Britain continue to have such poor mobile connectivity, and that overseas visitors can expect better mobile coverage than Britons stuck with a single provider.
“The time for excuses from the mobile sector is over. The government must make a better call for Briatin and bring national mobile coverage policy in the 21st Century.”