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The UK mobile operators today welcomed the Government’s consultation on modernizing the planning system for mobile telecommunications infrastructure. 

John Cooke, Executive Director of the Mobile Operators Association said: “In the twenty-first century, good digital connectivity, including mobile, is not an optional extra. It’s vital for individuals, businesses, for the delivery of public services, and for the economy as a whole. But connectivity requires a national infrastructure which is built and delivered locally, and the rules governing how it is built are outdated and riddled with anomalies”.

He added: “You can install a rooftop antenna that’s no bigger than a TV aerial without planning permission. But if you want to hide the antenna in what looks like a chimney pot, so that it blends in with the surroundings, that requires full planning permission. That’s bizarre. The proposals in the consultation paper are modest, get rid of anomalies, and essentially make it easier to upgrade existing sites. That’s helpful, though we would have preferred greater liberalization of the rules”.

“Demand for mobile connectivity in rural communities continues to grow, as customers and businesses there recognise the power of being connected. To meet these needs there must be a step change in the way operators are able to deploy and upgrade the network infrastructure. Without improvements to the planning regime, these rural customers and businesses will never secure the quality of service experienced in urban areas".

John said: “The UK mobile operators remain committed to the responsible development of their networks, and continuing to consult with local councils and engage with communities, both through the planning process, and through the industry’s own code of conduct.”

He added: “Consumers are increasingly choosing to access the internet using mobile devices, like smartphones or tablets, and operators need to upgrade their networks to meet that customer demand. However, current rules mean that even small alterations to existing equipment can need to go through a lengthy planning process. And when we talk to people in rural communities, they say they want better connectivity.”

The MOA will respond in detail to the Government’s proposals in due course.

 

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Notes for 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 UK, Three UK, and Vodafone – on planning and related issues concerning the deployment of mobile telecommunications infrastructure, and on radio frequency health and scientific research associated with the use of mobile telecommunications 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 Government’s announcement and consultation paper are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/speeding-up-mobile-broadband-roll-out

3.    For more information please contact John Cooke 07714 241 925 email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

4.    Follow us on Twitter: @UKmobileinfo    

Facebook on: http://www.facebook.com/mobileoperatorsassociation  

Website on: www.mobilemastinfo.com

 

 

 

 

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23 April 2013

Improvements announced today to the planning rules for small scale changes to mobile phone base stations in Northern Ireland were welcomed by the UK mobile phone network operators.

John Cooke, Executive Director Mobile Operations Association, said: “Taking small changes to existing mobile phone masts out of the full planning system will make it easier for operators to improve services for customers in Northern Ireland. All the operators are upgrading their existing network services, as well as introducing 4G superfast mobile broadband.”

He added: “We have been advocating streamlining the planning regime to rollout the benefits of better connectivity as quickly as possible. In terms of the economic impact, research shows that across a range of countries, a doubling of mobile data use leads to an increase of 0.5 percentage points in the GDP per capita. That equates to about £160m in terms of Northern Ireland GDP. That applies whether we are talking about data on any type of mobile broadband service, whether it’s 3G or 4G.”

Almost nine in ten small firms say that a mobile phone is important to their business operation, and around six in ten claim a mobile internet service is important to them.
John Cooke added: “The importance of good digital connectivity is already recognised by the Northern Ireland Government, which has acknowledged that connectivity is a basic requirement for the development of a knowledge-based economy as well as a necessity for the adoption and usage of information and communication technologies.”

“And it’s not just business that benefits from good connectivity. In terms of social inclusion, more people rely on a mobile phone than rely on a landline; and people on lower incomes are even more likely to live in a mobile-only household, or to access the Internet using a mobile connection.”
He concluded: “Mobile connectivity is also vital in the delivery of public services. Central government and local authorities are increasingly encouraging people to access services online, and virtually every public body now has its own Facebook page and uses Twitter.”  
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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 Planning (General Development) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2013 (S.R. 2013 No. 96) http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/2013/96/made comes into operation on 30th April 2013.

 

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First 4G test shows fewer problems with TV reception than forecast

4 April 2013

The results of the first live test of the effect of 4G superfast mobile broadband services on TV reception have shown fewer problems than forecast. A test carried out for at800, which manages 4G and Freeview coexistence, and covering about 22,000 homes in the West Midlands, showed problems in only 15 households attributable to 4G broadcasting at 800MHz, against a forecast of 120 households. A filter that blocks 4G signals at 800 MHz from reaching TV tuners resolved the problems seen by viewers when installed.

at800, the organisation responsible for ensuring that people continue to receive free-to-air television when 4G mobile services operating at 800MHz are launched, will continue testing in the coming months before the launch of 4G services at 800MHz later in 2013.

For more information about this test go to at800’s website:

https://at800.tv/press-releases/fewer-problems-than-forecast-with-tv-reception-during-4g-test/   

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Notes to editors:

1. The Mobile Operators Association (MOA) represents the four UK mobile network operators – EE (EE, 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. For more information about the MOA, please contact Christine Jude on: 07736 110787 email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

3. Follow us onTwitter: @UKmobileinfo or Facebook on: http://www.facebook.com/mobileoperatorsassociation   

Website on: www.mobilemastinfo.com  

4. at800 is the consumer brand of Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited (DMSL), the organisation responsible for ensuring people continue to receive free-to-air television when 4G mobile services operating at 800 MHz are launched. The organisation is funded by the UK mobile operators with 800 MHz spectrum allocations to provide 4G services - EE, Telefónica UK (O2), Three and Vodafone.

Website on: http://www.at800.tv

   

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