Thursday, February 10, 2022

Improving mobile coverage

The government has announced plans to boost mobile coverage across the UK, slashing red tape from the 5G rollout to level up connectivity across the country. 

  • For too long poor mobile signal and unreliable coverage has held up important work across the country. 
  • That is why the government is modernising the way local authorities and operators work together - running 8 pilots to simplify 4G and 5G deployment by giving telecoms firms easier access to public buildings, street lights and traffic lights.
  • This project means communities in 44 local authorities will benefit from faster and more reliable mobile coverage, driving our strategy to deliver world-class connectivity to ever corner of the UK

This is part of a broader strategy to give Britain better digital connectivity of all kinds and in all parts of the country including rural area. That will also be demonstrated today as there is a proposal on the agenda of Cumbria County Council meeting to support the development of telecoms broadband infrastructure.

(I will be declaring an interest and not speak or vote on that agenda item because it might be perceived that my position as an Openreach manager could affect my view of the matter.) 

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