February 19, 2018
Mobile UK welcomes Government accord with the Church of England to use its buildings to improve mobile coverage
Church spires across the UK will be used to boost digital connectivity in rural areas following an agreement between the Government and the Church of England.
The accord, signed by the the National Church Institutions (NCIs) of the Church of England, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) encourages the Church of England to use its buildings and other property to improve broadband, mobile and WiFi connectivity for local communities.
65% of Anglican churches and 66% of parishes in England are in rural areas and their locations at the heart of their communities mean they are often well placed to address connectivity and coverage problems.
Hamish MacLeod, Director Mobile UK, said:
Mobile UK welcomes the announcement from Government and the Church of England, which emphasises the benefits of mobile connectivity to local communities.
"Where there is a need, a suitable building is available and appropriate terms can be agreed, the mobile operators will continue to extend their use of churches to increase mobile coverage and capacity, while respecting the church environment."
Notes to Editors
- Mobile UK is the trade association for the UK’s mobile network operators - EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.
- The accord between the Government and the National Church Institutions (NCIs) of the Church of England can be found here.
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