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Reforms to the UK’s Electronic Communications Code will seek to reduce the costs of housing phone masts and other communications infrastructure on private land.
With all mobile operators required to deliver coverage to 90 per cent of the UK by the end of the year, the reforms will help to drive investment and stimulate the continued growth, rollout and maintenance of communication technology infrastructure.
The changes to the UK’s Electronic Communications Code will also make it easier for operators to upgrade and share their equipment with other operators to help increase coverage, and make it easier for telecoms operators and landowners to resolve legal disputes.
Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, said: “It’s not good enough that many people are struggling with poor mobile and broadband connections which is why we are improving coverage across the UK. We want everyone to benefit from the growth of digital services. Removing these outdated restrictions will help promote investment in new technologies such as 5G, and give mobile operators more freedom to improve their networks in hard-to-reach places.”