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August 26, 2019

Scottish 5G strategy builds on industry recommendations

The Scottish Government’s 5G strategy, which is welcomed by the mobile industry, builds on recommendations made by Mobile UK to help ready the ground for a 5G future. Following on from Mobile UK’s own Councils and Connectivity report, the strategy outlines several measures designed to make the roll-out of mobile networks more efficient and cost-effective, including: providing access to public assets, including land and buildings, for the siting of 4G and 5G equipment; a commitment to a review of permitted development rights; and, the support for local authorities to provide them with the tools they need to be ready such sharing best practice and promoting digital champions.

Commenting on the publication of the Scottish Government’s digital strategy, Hamish MacLeod, Director at Mobile UK, said:

“Mobile UK welcomes the publication of the Scottish Government’s 5G Strategy. We agree that 5G will contributes enormously to the prosperity of Scotland. We also welcome the areas of reform that have been identified, and that will be needed to enable the efficient roll-out of mobile networks. We look forward to working in partnership with the Scottish Government to bring about the long term benefits set out in the strategy.”

Notes for Editors

  1. Mobile UK is the trade association for the UK’s mobile network operators - EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.
  2. The Scottish Government's 5G strategy document can be read in full here.
  3. Mobile UK's Councils and Connectivity report can be read below.
Read Mobile UK's Councils and Connectivity report

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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.

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Gareth Elliott
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Email: press@mobileuk.org

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