1. Government taps mobile firms for £530m to improve coverage

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Man on mobile phone

    Culture secretary Nicky Morgan has announced plans to provide "high-quality" 4G coverage to 95% of the UK by 2025 - and she wants telecom operators to stump up millions of pounds to make that happen.

    EE, O2, Three and Vodafone will invest £530m in a "shared rural network" which the government could potentially match with £500m of public money.

    Vodafone's chief technology officer Scott Petty tells the Today programme his company is paying "our fair portion" of the £530m.

    Under the scheme, EE, O2, Three and Vodafone will invest in a network of new and existing phone masts they would all share. "Consumers will be able to rely on their own provider’s network to use their mobile phones wherever they are," the government says.

    Mr Petty says: "We think this is actually the most efficient mechanism to get to this level of coverage. Some of the earlier proposals would have seen us building duplicate infrastructure which is inefficient and actually would have reduced competition."

  2. Three: Turn it off and on


    “Following technical difficulties with our services across voice, text and data, some customers will be experiencing an intermittent service.

    "Our engineers are working to fix the issue and the service is returning to normal, and we expect it to be resolved over the course of the day.

    "We advise our customers to turn their phones off and on or turn airplane mode on and off, which may resolve the issue.

    "We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to our customers."

    There's a BBC story here.