The UK's 4G coverage is actually worse than you'll find in Albania, Peru and Morocco. In fact, an astonishing 53 countries around the world have better signal according to a report calling on the government to push for better access across the country, or risk being left behind when it comes to technology like the Internet of Things and driverless cars.
Most of us can only access 4G a little over half the time with too many "digital deserts" - even within cities - the National Infrastructure Commission has concluded.
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It's calling on the government to ensure 5G on all key rail routes and major roads by 2025 and for local councils to work with network providers to get coverage to where it needs to be.
"5G is the future – ultra-fast, and ultra-reliable it has the potential to change our lives and our economy in ways we cannot even imagine today. But the UK is currently languishing in the digital slow lane," said chair of the commission, Lord Adonis, warning that "not spots" and a lack of connectivity are holding back business.
A less than timely auction of the 4G spectrum is to blame, meaning 4G is still scarce in nearly 80 per cent of rural premises and even 20 per cent of those in cities. Nearly half of A and B roads across Britain have no 4G.
Adonis signalled that now was the time to make sure the government puts more effort into getting 5G to everyone.
"5G offers us a chance to start again and get ahead. If government acts now we can ensure our major transport networks and urban centres are 5G ready in time to give British industry every chance to lead the world in exploiting its applications," he said.
"From connected vehicles to the internet of things, 5G will support a whole new way of communicating and doing business. The UK must not be left behind."
Here's every country where 4G is better than the UK...
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Data from OpenSignal's State of LTE Report in the National Infrastructure Commission's Connected Future report.