Mobile News Archive
Sep 2018 - Oct 2016
Mobile UK calls for rapid permitted development rights reform in response to Welsh Government’s consultation
Mobile UK makes it clear that further reform to the Permitted Development regime is vital if Wales is to keep pace with other areas of the UK in terms of coverage and capacity and to enjoy the opportunities that will become available from 5G.
26th Sep 2018
London’s 5G Challenge – A need for partnership
Gareth Elliott, Head of Policy and Communications at Mobile UK, writes for London First ahead of the London Infrastructure Summit on London’s 5G challenge
12th Sep 2018
Mobile UK Responds To House Of Lords Rural Economy Committee Calling For Further Planning Reform And Access To Public Assets
Mobile UK submitted its response to the House of Lord’s Rural Economy committee calling for more ambitious planning reforms and access to public assets
10th Sep 2018
Mobile UK highlights need for partnership with launch of new report “Councils and Connectivity”
Mobile UK has launched in Parliament our new flagship report outlining the crucial role for local councils in rolling out mobile connectivity. The report highlights the opportunities for partnership with the industry and offers practical measures for reform.
5th Sep 2018
Achieving World Class Mobile Connectivity is a joint effort between industry and government, national and local
Gareth Elliott, Head of Policy and Communications at Mobile UK, discusses how partnership and joint effort are required to ensure the UK is able to achieve world class mobile connectivity. In this article he focusses on the role of councils and discusses the publication of Mobile UK’s new report Councils and Connectivity.
5th Sep 2018
Joint Statement between DCMS, RICS, CLA and Mobile UK
Government, industry and the landowner community have come together for a round-table to address concerns arising from the reformed Electronic Communications Code.
7th Aug 2018
Mobile industry welcomes commitment from landowners to re-open negotiations to enable roll-out of mobile infrastructure
Mobile UK welcomes the reaffirming today, via a joint statement, of commitments made by the landowner community and the telecoms sector to work together to enable the industry to build out its networks quickly and cost-effectively to help support the Government’s ambition to be a leading digital economy underpinned by world-class mobile connectivity.
7th Aug 2018
Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review is a positive step but it is deadlines that will achieve its goals
Gareth Elliott, Head of Policy and Communications at Mobile UK, comments on the Government's Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review outlining that while it is a step in the right direction it is deadlines and firm commitments that are needed now.
27th Jul 2018
Scottish Affairs Committee outlines need for significant reduction in regulatory barriers to aid mobile rollout
The Scottish Affairs Committee rightly point out in the publication of its Digital Connectivity Scotland report that regulatory barriers continue to have a significant impact on the roll-out of mobile infrastructure.
Government publishes it Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review
Mobile UK is encouraged by the focus on reducing mobile deployment costs in the Government’s Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review. We welcome its acknowledgement for the need to work in partnership with industry and the priority now must be to make concrete and rapid progress to ensure the UK is at the forefront of the next generation of digital connectivity.
23rd Jul 2018
New Digital Secretary must continue to bust barriers to assist mobile industry to deliver world-leading mobile connectivity
Mobile UK, the voice of the mobile industry, welcomes the appointment of Jeremy Wright as the new Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary. However, in setting the foundations to ensure the UK is a leading digital country, it is imperative that positive progress made by his department to bust through barriers that impede mobile networks roll-out continue to be prioritised.
10th Jul 2018
Mobile UK presents at the launch of the Connecting Cambridgeshire Digital Connectivity Strategy
Mobile UK was pleased to attend the launch of Connecting Cambridgeshire’s Digital Connectivity Strategy alongside the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, James Palmer, and the Leader of the County Council, Councillor Steve Count.
9th Jul 2018
How Mobile Works - Explainer Video
Ever wondered how mobile networks work? View this video to see how and some of the challengers it takes to broadcast and deliver your mobile signal.
6th Jul 2018
Gareth Elliott, Head of Policy and Communications at Mobile UK, comments on the necessity of landowner cooperation and the revised Electronic Communications Code to expand rural coverage and connectivity.
27th Jun 2018
Mobile UK and National Parks England Announce new agreement to enhance connectivity and protect beauty
Mobile UK and National Parks England have come together to announce a landmark agreement that seeks to assist the deployment of mobile infrastructure while respecting the beauty and sensitivity of the nation’s national parks.
21st Jun 2018
North Yorkshire County Council announce new innovative partnership with LEP to improve mobile coverage
Mobile UK welcomes the innovative approach taken by North Yorkshire County Council and the East Riding Enterprise Partnership to invest £1m in new mobile infrastructure and build new relationships with the four major mobile operators.
13th Jun 2018
Mobile UK calls on Government to ensure that mobile connectivity is considered on par with other forms of digital connectivity within the National Planning Policy Framework
Mobile UK urges greater use of public assets in response to Coast to Capital consultation on its Strategic Economic Plan
Mobile UK welcomes Government accord with the Church of England to use its buildings to improve mobile coverage
The mobile industry needs a certain and predictable framework: Mobile UK’s response to the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review
It is essential that the Government commits itself to providing a more sophisticated approach to telecommunications policy that not only joins up government departments but also clearly sets out a long-term framework that incentivises private investment.
30th Jan 2018
Mobile UK and our four operators attended Norfolk County Council’s Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee to discuss options put forward by the authority to better engage the industry and open up public sites to boost connectivity.
22nd Jan 2018
Mobile UK responds to National Infrastructure Commission with warning that further reform is required to ensure the UK is ready for 5G
In responding to the National Infrastructure Commission’s National Infrastructure Assessment Congestion, Carbon, Capacity: Priorities for National Infrastructure Mobile UK has warned that the current regulatory and planning framework and the multitude of actors involved in the delivery of mobile networks is not adequate for the effective delivery of mobile infrastructure.
12th Jan 2018
Mobile UK welcomes the new Code of Best Practice. The ECC is an important foundation for the effective roll-out of mobile networks recognising that they are national in nature and vital to the UK economy. In addition, the code makes it easier and more cost-effective to identify sites and install infrastructure and with the new measures in place will add certainty to delivery and make harder to reach areas more viable.
20th Dec 2017
Mobile UK's Gareth Elliott talks to Mobile News Magazine about 5G and the West of England partnership
Mobile UK Head of Policy and Communications, Gareth Elliott, talks to Mobile News Magazine about the recent Mobile UK partnership with the West of England Combined Authority, 5g, and ongoing barriers to mobile deployment.
19th Dec 2017
Mayor Tim Bowles and Mobile UK, the trade body for the UK’s mobile network operators (MNOs), have expressed their commitment to work in collaboration to extend and enhance mobile coverage in the West of England.
12th Dec 2017
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) and Mobile UK, the trade body for the UK’s mobile network operators (MNOs), have announced a new partnership to promote essential mobile infrastructure deployment across the Greater Manchester region.
21st Nov 2017
Download Mobile UK’s parliamentary briefing note to the Treasury Select Committee on the work of the National Infrastructure Commission. In this briefing Mobile UK outlines its support for the NIC’s assertion that further legislative reform is needed to support mobile infrastructure deployment.
7th Nov 2017
The Electronic Communications Code is an important piece of the puzzle that will help mobile operators to overcome the challenges they face with expanding their networks. Good mobile connectivity is no longer an optional extra; it is essential infrastructure as core to modern economic activity as broadband, electricity and other essential services.
18th Oct 2017
Mobile UK welcomes the National Infrastructure Commission’s consultation on the priorities for national infrastructure
Mobile UK states that the report correctly identifies the timely need for further legislative reform to support mobile infrastructure, especially in removing barriers to the planning process.
13th Oct 2017
“Mobile UK is pleased to see the publication of the Welsh Government's Mobile Action Plan, which rightly recognises the urgent need for reform and identifies barriers to effective deployment of mobile infrastructure.”
5th Oct 2017
Mobile UK comments on Welsh Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee report on Digital Infrastructure
Mobile UK welcomes the Welsh Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee’s report as it brings renewed focus on the need for urgent action without which risks Wales falling further behind other areas of the UK.
19th Sep 2017
Gareth Elliott writes that it is critical to the mobile industry that there is an effective planning policy and efficient planning regime which is well resourced to enable and be flexible to mobile infrastructure deployment.
6th Sep 2017
Mobile UK responds to statement by Wales Office Minister Guto Bebb at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show.
Mobile UK welcomes the Government’s announcement today that it will bring into force measures to improve digital connectivity across the UK and in particular the commencement of the new Electronic Communications Code. The Code is an important element of the Digital Economy Act that is expected to assist operators to develop and deploy new infrastructure.
17th Jul 2017
Mobile connectivity is critical to the UK’s economy and forms part of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Renaming the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to include Digital in its title is welcome recognition of the importance of the digital and mobile sectors.
3rd Jul 2017
On June 16 2017 Ofcom released its initial results of its Consumer Mobile Experience report which is designed to measure the consumer experience of using mobile services. The report highlights continued high satisfaction levels with almost seven in ten users (69%) happy with their overall service.
19th Jun 2017
In taking the UK out of the European Union one the of the Government’s first priorities must be to ensure that it has in place a credible and long-term plan to invest and deliver the infrastructure the country needs. Only then can it work towards its goal of remaining one of the most connected and competitive countries in the world. Mobile infrastructure must be at the heart of this plan.
15th Jun 2017
Mobile UK calls on the British Chambers of Commerce and its members to help to continuing reform of the planning system and ensure that mobile infrastructure is considered upfront as part of local and national strategic thinking. Through working in partnership we can together enable fast and effective roll-out of mobile equipment that will give businesses the coverage they require.
11th May 2017
Mobile UK strongly supports the Government’s proposals, set out in its Housing White Paper, to require local authorities to have planning polices setting out how high quality digital infrastructure will be delivered in their area, and accessible from a range of providers.
2nd May 2017
Industrial Strategy: Mobile connectivity must be at the heart of Government's plans to modernise the UK economy
The Industrial Strategy rightly focusses on digital infrastructure and connectivity and Mobile UK welcomes the Government’s identification that mobile telecoms are part of the nation’s critical economic infrastructure and puts upgrading this infrastructure at its heart.
17th Apr 2017
Mobile UK response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Future of the Scottish Planning System
The planning regime in Scotland must act as an enabler to mobile infrastructure deployment, and be consistent with the policy established for telecommunications which aims to extend mobile coverage the country.
4th Apr 2017
The publication of the Government’s 5G Strategy is welcome. If the Government wants to build on its Digital Strategy to ensure the UK continues to be a world leader in the digital economy, it must put in place effective foundations to get there.
8th Mar 2017
Mobile UK welcomes the Government’s Digital Strategy acknowledging mobile infrastructure as critical to the UK’s economy, and the mobile operators’ role in underpinning a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.
1st Mar 2017
Head of Policy and Communications, Gareth Elliott, comments on the statement made by the Welsh Minister for Skills and Science announcing her intention to publish a mobile action plan for Wales.
26th Jan 2017