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District Councils Network Annual Conference – Mobile UK highlights the critical role of local government

Mobile UK, exhibiting at the District Council Network’s annual conference, did so with a message of partnership between the industry and local government. Highlighting the crucial role of district councils in the planning process Mobile UK presented its Councils and Connectivity report to district councillors and officials.

As the industry continues to invest over £2 billion every year in enhancing and expanding its networks, and in particular, the upgrade of 4G and readiness towards 5G the role of local councils is crucial. By prioritising mobile infrastructure and ensuring equivalence with fixed mobile networks the UK can move towards the goal set by the Government of enabling the UK to be a world-leading digitally connected country.

Gareth Elliott, Head of Policy and Communications at Mobile UK, said:

“It has been a pleasure for Mobile UK to work with the District Councils Network to highlight the vital role of local government in enabling the roll-out of mobile infrastructure. With the current 4G upgrade in progress and the industry’s preparations for 5G, prioritising mobile infrastructure in local economic and strategic plans is vital. Our Councils and Connectivity report puts forward clear recommendations that could assist in ensuring local areas have in place the foundations towards assisting the industry to build out and enhance their networks across the UK.”

About Building Mobile Britain

Building Mobile Britain is a campaign created by Mobile UK seeking to work with national and local government, as well as interested industry groups to overcome the challenges we face with expanding the existing mobile networks, while also developing innovative services for customers.

For further information – www.buildingmobilebritain.org.uk or #BuildingMobileBritain

Notes to Editors

  1. Mobile UK is the trade association for the UK’s mobile network operators -  EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

Media Contacts
Gareth Elliott
Head of Policy and Communications
Tel: 07887 911 076
Email: press@mobileuk.org

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