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Ipsos MORI Planners' Research

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Ipsos MORI Report - 'Good Reception - continuing to address the needs of planners'. This report represents the findings of research carried out between 2001 and 2006 with local authority planners. Research carried out on behalf of the operators by Ipsos MORI to better understand planners' views of base station planning.

Ipsos MORI report: 'Good Reception - continuing to address the needs of planners' (pdf 713KB)'

Ten Commitments

Central to the operators’ approach to network development is consultation with local communities, planning officers and other stakeholders on any proposed new developments. Pre-application consultation is included in the operators’ ‘Ten Commitments to Best Siting Practice’, which has existed since 2001 to help address concerns relating to the development of base stations, and which is now contained in planning guidance throughout the UK.

Sharing Sites

Mobile phone users in the UK increasingly want better coverage and greater capacity so they can access more services on their phones. While this means that new base stations will still be needed, network operators seek to share sites wherever possible. Site sharing helps reduce energy consumption and the overall environmental footprint of networks, as well as improving the quality of coverage.