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Mobile broadband: a strategic national asset

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31 July 2012

The Mobile Operators Association (MOA) has welcomed the recognition, in the House of Lords Communications Committee’s Report into Broadband, that ‘our communications network must be regarded as a strategic, national asset’.  

John Cooke, Executive Director of the Mobile Operators Association said: “Mobile broadband is an increasingly important part of the country’s digital infrastructure. Four in ten people are already accessing the Internet using a mobile device, a proportion that’s rising all the time as smartphones become the norm, and as more and more people have tablet computers.”  

He added: “We agree with the Committee that a whole host of services will increasingly be delivered via the internet - including critical public services. The availability of 4G - bringing mobile superfast broadband on our phones at roughly equivalent speeds to those you would expect from your home broadband connection - will make that even more possible”

However, these services require infrastructure and the MOA has warned that planning delays are hindering the delivery of the Government’s broadband strategy. John Cooke said “We’re asking MPs, local authorities and other stakeholders to show their support for the bringing the benefits of mobile communications to as many people as possible by signing up to a series of statements including a commitment to approving appropriate applications for necessary new mobile phone masts.”


Notes for Editors

  1. The Mobile Operators Association (MOA) represents the four UK mobile network operators – Everything Everywhere (Orange & T-Mobile), Telefonica UK, Three UK, and Vodafone – on radio frequency (RF) health and safety, and related town planning issues associated with the use of mobile phone technology. It provides information on these issues to policy-makers, including elected representatives and officials at UK, national, and local level, journalists, residents’ groups, and the wider public.

 2. The statements to which the MOA is asking stakeholders to sign up are:

 1. Mobile connectivity brings major benefits to individuals, communities and businesses across the UK.

 2. These benefits should be extended as far as possible.

 3. For this to happen we need a national network of masts – local authorities should approve appropriate planning applications from mobile operators and make their own land available to build on.

 4. Operators should have fair access to land (through a reformed Electronic Communications Code) so that they can maintain a consistent service.

 5. Government should make enough Radio Frequency Spectrum available for the operators to provide the best service possible.

Further information about these statements is available at:

 3. The report of the House of Lords Communications Committee - First Report
Broadband for all - an alternative vision, is available here:

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