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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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