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O2 UK Claims Strong Mobile Signal Adds GBP10k to House Value

Friday, July 23rd, 2021 (12:01 am) - Score 1,176
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A new YouGov survey of 2,130 UK adults, which was commissioned by O2 (VMO2), has claimed that 70% of house-hunters would be prepared to walk away from a dream home if the local mobile signal wasn’t up to par, while 31% would pay more for a property with a good signal and 20% are prepared to pay up to £10,000 more!

The survey claims that this reflects a shift in attitudes, which stems from the COVID-19 related rise in remote (or home) working, particularly given that mobile phones are much more popular these days than fixed line phone services. Likewise, when it comes to renters, some 25% of those would also increase their monthly payment for a property with “good connectivity.”

On that front, good broadband connectivity was also found to be crucial, with 60% of house-hunters saying that the strength of both their mobile and broadband network would be a top consideration when looking at properties to buy or rent – ranking broadband higher than good transport links.

However, the need for outdoor space (53%) and proximity to friends and family (42%) remain the two other top considerations, followed by good walking routes (40%). House-hunting criteria has changed in other ways, too. Proximity to the workplace has become less important to people, with 26% rating this as an important factor in deciding where to live, versus 33% pre-pandemic.

Finally, whilst 52% of Brits previously had a 30-minute commute, now only 37% would like to live this close. Over a third (35%) would now be willing to live up to an hour away from their office, and 19% are prepared to tackle a two-hour commute. Likewise, nearly a fifth (19%) of respondents said they want to move to seaside towns now that remote working is the norm and 10% would choose to move to the countryside, while a similar number would like to move to a village.

Jeanie York, CTO of VMO2, said:

“The past year has taught us the importance of staying connected, so we are investing more in our network in 2021 than ever before. We’ve responded to the rise in nomadic working and the need for strong connectivity within the home to enable this trend to continue. We know our customers are factoring connectivity into major decisions regarding their home and work life, so as the mobile network voted best for mobile reliability and coverage, we want to help make things easier for everyone as we upgrade the UK.

We’re proud to have delivered a 4G boost in over thirty thousand postcodes this year alone, and are committed to bringing together next-generation gigabit broadband and 5G services, as we expand our network reach across the country.”

Interestingly, the survey’s focus on mobile signals somewhat overlooks that fact that Femtocell based indoor mobile signal boosters (e.g. O2’s BoostBox) and Wi-Fi Calling make some of these issues (the indoor ones) a relatively easy thing to fix (broadband connectivity allowing), without necessarily needing to shell out £10k extra for a house. But that would perhaps get in the way of the vested interests in this survey, thus they seem to have ignored it.

Furthermore, most of the currently available evidence for the impact of broadband speed and mobile signal quality on house prices remains fairly anecdotal. We know they can be key elements for the majority of people, but what they will tolerate in terms of connection speed or signal vs house price vs other factors can vary.

In the end, the decision about how much you pay for a house will always come down to a matter of personal choice, which is of course different for everybody.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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9 Responses
  1. Michael V says:

    Availablity of home fibre is important, but if there was poor inside signal then that ain’t really a problem with Wi-Fi calling & SMS.

    1. Meadmodj says:

      Agree. Mobile provider selection should really be focused where you will be when out and about either commuting or leisure (car, train, public space etc) depending on your life style. Mobile Broadband is a different beast and should be considered separately.

    2. Michael V says:

      Hey Meadmodj. Exactly!
      For example, inside signal for me is poor, but outside & where I travel I’ve always got good 4G [VoLTE across the whole LTE network] & With 5G expanding, LTE is only getting better

    3. Mark Jackson says:

      The survey was talking a lot about indoor use and house buying, so ideally they needed to split that out from outdoor use, but didn’t really manage to fully achieve that above.

  2. Mark says:

    And in my area they (the nimbys) claim living near a mast drops your house price by £100000.

    1. xchris says:

      @Mark , exactly mate!! The whole article looks kind of cheap propaganda to promote masts near our homes…

  3. RN says:

    “O2” is what their customers say after getting used to seeing 1 signal bar all year round.

    1. Mark says:

      Exactly. O2 claim on the coverage checker there is full 4g but haven’t gone above 3G. Needs improvement.

  4. Leave a Reply says:

    £10k plus to the value for strong mobile signal, £10k plus for having Waitrose, £10k plus for having M&S, £10k plus for the train station with fast train to London, £10k plus for decent internet connection, and three bedroom home costs £400k.

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