The UK’s ‘top four’ mobile phone firms will work with the government to banish poor signal in rural areas.

The £1bn pledge to tackle ‘not-spots’- backed by Vodafone, EE, Three, and O2 – will aim to cover 95% of the UK with 4G technology by 2025.

The government has said this is not a ‘done deal’, but aims to get it passed early 2020.

Existing masts and telecommunications infrastructure will be shared by the major mobile operators in rural areas where only one operator can provide connection.

If the government budget passes the deal, they will commit up to £500m to eradicate rural not-spots – but are hoping businesses will match their offer.