"Mobile telecom networks are a crucial piece of national infrastructure in economic, community and social terms."

Network Rollout and Planning

Mobile networks in the 21st Century

Increasing consumer demand, especially for data, requires mobile operators to invest continually in network coverage and capacity. This is largely driven by the widespread adoption of smartphones and the rapid uptake of tablet devices.

A good mobile connection has a positive impact on the economy and also promotes efficient delivery of public services, social inclusion and other benefits. Across the UK as a whole, research by Ofcom has shown that in recent years, more people rely on a mobile phone than rely on a landline; and that people on lower incomes are even more likely to live in a mobile-only household, or to access the Internet using a mobile connection.

Good mobile coverage promotes sustainability, both for individual communities and across the economy as a whole. For example, it enables home working, thus reducing the need for travel, and so contributes to minimising pollution, and mitigating climate change and helps in the move towards a low carbon economy.

Mobile telecommunications networks are a crucial piece of national infrastructure in economic, community and social terms.

The construction and alteration of mobile phone masts and antennas is governed by planning policy and regulation within each of the nations of the United Kingdom and the Electronic Communications Code (ECC).

Planning Policy in England:  (England laws and ECC currently under revision. To be updated.)

Planning policy in Wales

Planning policy in Scotland

Planning policy in Northern Ireland