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Local Government Connectivity Roundtable with the LGA and ADEPT

As part of Mobile UK’s ongoing Building Mobile Britain campaign the mobile operators’ trade association met with the LGA, ADEPT and local government representatives to discuss mobile connectivity and how to answer questions about ensuring the UK is best placed to continue the mobile rollout and to prepare for 5G.

Topics of discussion included the planning regime, local government funding, rural networks and public asset provision to mobile operators. The meeting was held under the Chatham House rule which allowed an open debate an opportunity for both industry and local government to raise key topics of interest.

Hamish MacLeod, Director at Mobile UK, said:

“It is important that as the industry continues to build out its networks, it does so in partnership with local government. Mobile networks are a national asset that is delivered locally which means that local authorities are the gatekeepers to mobile deployment. This roundtable provided a great opportunity to discuss the barriers to mobile rollout and to seek solutions that will not ensure the continued growth in coverage and capacity of the UK’s mobile connectivity.”

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.
  2. ADEPT is the Association of Directors of Environment, Planning and Transport. For further information click here.
  3. The LGA is the Local Government Association. For further information click here.

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Tel: 07887 911 076
Email: press@mobileuk.org

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