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Government Cuts Cost of Network Infrastructure Rollout

Government Cuts Cost of Network Infrastructure Rollout

Parts of the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) have been updated to help communication providers deploy new infrastructure more quickly.

The government wants to make it easier for CSPs to roll out 4G broadband and future 5G mobile network infrastructure, and is targeting outdated legislation to cut costs in an attempt to clear the way for faster and more reliable comms services.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has also introduced measures to make it easier for mobile operators to upgrade and share their equipment with their rivals to improve coverage and to make it easier for operators and landowners to resolve any legal disputes.   

Digital Minister, Matt Hancock, said: “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“Removing these outdated restrictions will help promote investment in new technologies such as 5G, and give mobile operators more freedom to improve their networks in hard-to-reach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.”

The reforms to the code were set out in the Digital Economy Act earlier this year and have now been laid in parliament to come into force in December 2017.

The government said they will help to “drive investment and stimulate the continued growth, roll-out and maintenance of communication technology infrastructure”.

Director Industry Association Mobile UK, Hamish Macleod, said: “The Electronic Communications Code is an important piece of the puzzle alongside further planning reform that will help mobile operators to overcome the challenges they face with expanding their networks, while also developing innovative services for customers.

“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.”

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