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Mobile & Flexible Working in Scotland

1 November 2013

The potentially huge benefits of mobile and flexible working, particularly in public sector organizations, such as local authorities and the NHS, were described at a conference in Edinburgh, on 28th October. The Holyrood Connect magazine Mobile & Flexible Working Conference also heard about some of the cultural and organizational issues that need to be addressed to make it a reality.

John Cooke, Executive Director of the Mobile Operators Association, addressed the conference on the challenges of providing the network infrastructure that is needed to provide the signal to enable mobile working to take place.

He outlined that on many measures, mobile connectivity in Scotland was already good, while acknowledging that improvements were needed before it could fully meet customers' aspirations.

John said "all the operators are upgrading their networks in Scotland. However, improving
connectivity isn't something that the industry can do on its own – it requires local councils and Scottish Government to play their part, too. In particular, the Scottish planning system needs to be better. It is more restrictive than the corresponding systems in England or Wales. That's a disincentive to investment in telecoms infrastructure, and slows the deployment of such infrastructure, when the investment does go ahead".

He added: "Local councillors should worry less about a minority of vociferous objectors, who say they want a signal, but don't want a mast – which just isn't possible - and think instead about the economic and social implications of not having full coverage or capacity in an area".

He also quoted from a leading article in the Herald, on 17th September, which said "If we want more coverage, we must be prepared to put up with more masts".

 

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Notes for Editors

1. The Mobile Operators Association (MOA) represents the four UK mobile network operators – Everything Everywhere (Orange & T-Mobile), Telefónica 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. Link to full speech

3. According to Ofcom, 99.3% of people in Scotland can get a 2G signal, giving voice and text messaging; and 96.6% can get 3G, allowing access to the Internet from a mobile device.

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‘Mobile Networks: What They Are and How They Work’

28 August 2013

The Mobile Operators Association (MOA) has produced a new guide to demystify some of the technical aspects of mobile phone networks.

‘Mobile Networks: What They Are and How They Work’ explains the main factors that determine why base stations need to be sited where they are. It has been produced to accompany the new Code of Best Practice on Mobile Network Development (2013), which provides guidance primarily to mobile network operators, their agents and contractors, and to local planning authorities in England.

John Cooke, Executive Director of the MOA said:”Almost every aspect of everyday life is now increasingly reliant on access to mobile networks. People want to make voice calls and send text messages, or access the Internet on their phone or tablet. Yet we often also hear some of the people who want to do so asking why the mast ‘can’t be put somewhere else’;  or why we need new masts, since there are already so many;  or else  folk want to know why their neighbour in the next street can get a better signal than they can. The guide aims to provide the answers to these and other common questions.”

He added: “The challenge for mobile network operators and for local planners is to balance environmental considerations with the provision of an advanced, high quality communications infrastructure which is essential for sustainable economic growth and plays a vital role in enhancing the provision of local community facilities and services. The guide has been developed to help planning officers and elected members of planning committees achieve this balance.”

Notes to Editors

1. The Mobile Operators Association (MOA) represents the four UK mobile network operators – EE (the company that runs EE, Orange & T-Mobile in the UK), Telefónica, Three, and Vodafone – on radio frequency (RF) health and safety, and related town planning issues associated with the use of mobile phone technology.

2. ‘Mobile Networks: What they are and how they work’ is available at: http://www.mobilemastinfo.com/mobile-networks-what-they-are-and-how-they-work/jargon-buster.html  

3. The new Code of Best Practice on Mobile Network Development was developed by a Working Group consisting of representatives of: Arqiva; the Department for Communities and Local Government; the Department for Culture Media and Sport; the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; English Heritage; the Mobile Operators Association; National Parks England(also representing the Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty); and the Planning Officers Society. The Code: highlights the role of connectivity in society; sets out the respective roles of national government, local authorities, and network operators in telecommunications planning; and sets out good practice in the planning process. Detailed guidance is contained in a series of appendices. It is available at: http://www.mobilemastinfo.com/images/stories/2013_Code_of_best_practice/Code_of_Best_Practice_on_Mobile_Network_Development_-_Published_24-07-2013.pdf

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24 July 2013

A new Code of Best Practice on Mobile Network Development in England has been published today, to replace the previous Code, published in 2002.

The Code provides guidance to mobile network operators, their agents and contractors, and to local planning authorities. Since the previous version of the Code was drawn up, there have been significant changes in planning policy and law, in technology, in the way we use mobile devices, and in the structure of the mobile industry. The revised Code has been developed by a Working Group consisting of representatives of: Arqiva; the Department for Communities and Local Government; the Department for Culture Media and Sport; the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; English Heritage; the Mobile Operators Association; National Parks England (also representing the Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty); and the Planning Officers Society. 

John Cooke, Executive Director of the Mobile Operators Association, said: "A decade after the original Code was introduced it needed revision to reflect the fact we live in a society where mobile devices are ubiquitous – most mobile phones today are Internet-enabled smartphones, and many people also now own tablet devices. We wanted a new Code that reflects that, meets the needs of planners, of network operators, and most importantly works for communities.”

Mike Kiely, President of the Planning Officers Society, said: “The 2002 Code has served us well, but more than ten years later is in need of updating to reflect the changes in the planning regime and developments in mobile technology. We have worked hard to ensure the planning essentials of minimised environmental impact and visual intrusion are maintained without preventing the appropriate development of mobile infrastructure, which is integral to society today.“

John Cooke said: “We wanted to keep the best of the old, while making sure the Code would be relevant for future developments in technology. Operators will continue to consult with planners and communities and share sites wherever possible.”

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Notes to Editors

1. The Mobile Operators Association (MOA) represents the four UK mobile network operators – EE (the company that runs EE, Orange & T-Mobile in the UK), O2, Three, and Vodafone – on radio frequency (RF) health and safety, and related town planning issues associated with the use of mobile phone technology.

2. The new Code: highlights the role of connectivity in society; sets out the respective roles of national government, local authorities, and network operators in telecommunications planning; and sets out good practice in the planning process. Detailed guidance is contained in a series of appendices. The new Code is available at: Code of Best Practice on Mobile Network Development

3. Members of the Working Group were: Arqiva http://arqiva.com/ the Department for Communities and Local Government https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-communities-and-local-government the Department for Culture Media and Sport https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-culture-media-sport the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs English Heritage http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/ the Mobile Operators Association; National Parks England http://www.nationalparksengland.org.uk/ and the Planning Officers Society http://www.planningofficers.org.uk/

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John Cooke, Executive Director, Mobile Operators Association commented on the infrastructure investment programme which was announced by the government today;

"We welcome the acknowledgement that mobile broadband has a vital role to play in delivering the Government’s commitment to a robust, efficient and future-proofed digital communications infrastructure. Streamlined planning regulations will help the mobile operators deliver the economic and social benefits of 4G to consumers and businesses as rapidly as possible. The economic benefit of 4G services to the UK economy has been calculated at £75 billion over the next ten years1."

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Note to Editors

1. The Mobile Operators Association (MOA) represents the four UK mobile network operators – EE (the company that runs EE, Orange & T-Mobile in the UK), O2, Three, and Vodafone – on radio frequency (RF) health and safety, and related town planning issues associated with the use of mobile phone technology.

2.  Link to 'Investing in Britain's future': https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/investing-in-britains-future

3. 1 'Capital Economics, Mobile Broadband and the UK Economy, 2012'

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MOA Chairs Scottish Government Mobile and Wireless Discussion Panel

18 June 2013


In May, John Cooke, Executive Director, Mobile Operators Association chaired a discussion event for the Scottish Government, looking at the role of mobile and wireless technologies in meeting its ambition for Scotland to be a world-class digital nation by 2020.


The Government’s strategy aims to create a future-proofed digital infrastructure that supports any device, anywhere, anytime connectivity across Scotland. It believes that mobile and wireless technologies will have a significant role to play in this, complementing fixed-line connectivity.


John Cooke, Executive Director of the Mobile Operators Association said: “It was excellent to be part of the Scottish Government’s Digital Dialogue programme. Good digital connectivity is vital for Scotland’s society and for sustainable economic growth. Mobile network operators are working to enhance their networks, which will help achieve the ambitions set out in Scotland’s Digital Future.”


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Notes to Editors


1. The Mobile Operators Association (MOA) represents the four UK mobile network operators – EE (the company that runs EE, Orange & T-Mobile in the UK), O2, Three, and Vodafone – on radio frequency (RF) health and safety, and related town planning issues associated with the use of mobile phone technology.


2. Scotland’s Digital Dialogue is a programme of engagement, talks, seminars, demonstrations and meetings to help the Scottish Executive communicate and refine plans to achieve its ambition for Scotland to be a world-class digital nation by 2020. The Scottish Government is actively encouraging individuals, businesses and organisations across the country to comment on, and where possible, to contribute to these discussions. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Economy/digital/Digital-Dialogue


3. Link to mobile and wireless panel presentations and discussion: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Economy/digital/Digital-Dialogue/Digitaldialogue-engagements/Mobile-wireless-panel


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