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MOA welcomes Scottish Government Mobile Report

The Mobile Operators Association (MOA) today welcomed the publication by the Scottish Government of the report ‘Economic Impacts of Mobile Communications in Scotland’ and its associated consultation on changes to Permitted Development Rights. 

John Cooke, Executive Director of the Mobile Operators Association said: “As the report makes clear, good mobile connectivity has the potential to make a huge contribution to the productivity of public services in Scotland and to the wider Scottish economy over the next few years. We also welcomed the report’s recommendation to Scottish Government to minimise the barriers for 4G roll-out, and in particular to reduce planning constraints.” 

He added: “Planning constraints on mobile networks are significantly more restrictive in Scotland than in the rest of the UK. That’s a disincentive to investment in the infrastructure on which mobile connectivity depends, and delays the deployment of such infrastructure when it does go ahead, and risks Scotland being put at a competitive disadvantage. We therefore welcome the consultation on changes to Permitted Development Rights. These proposals will, if adopted, improve mobile connectivity in Scotland. However, we are disappointed that the consultation contains no proposals to amend the planning process in relation to new masts, as new masts are what will be needed if we are to improve coverage in rural Scotland.

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Notes to Editors

1. The Mobile Operators Association (MOA) represents the four UK mobile network operators – EE (including 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.

2. ‘Economic Impacts of Mobile Communications in Scotland: Report to Scottish Government’ is available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/03/6913

3. The Consultation on Changes to Permitted Development Rights for Development by Telecommunications Code Operators is available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/03/4021

4. For more information please contact Christine Jude 07736 110787 email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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