Apr 21, 2021

UK Government approves taller masts in rural areas

Harry Menear
2 min
In a bid to combat “not spots”, the UK government has altered legislation to allow for new and existing rural masts to be up to five metres taller
In a bid to combat “not spots”, the UK government has altered legislation to allow for new and existing rural masts to be up to five metres taller...

The UK Government is going ahead with new legislation that will allow mobile phone masts in rural areas to be up to five metres taller and two metres wider, a 20% increase over previous limitations. 

The move has largely been hailed by the country’s telecom sector as a step in the right direction, as it will allow the UK’s four carriers to provide more consistent coverage with fewer towers, and close up glaring “not spots” - areas with poor, spotty coverage - in their networks. 

“We want to level up the country and end the plague of patchy and poor mobile signals in rural communities,” the Conservative Party’s digital secretary, Oliver Dowden, said.

“Today we are setting out plans to make it easier for mobile firms to transform connectivity in the countryside and propel villages and towns out of the digital dark ages – providing a welcome boost for millions of families, businesses and visitors.” 

While masts located in the UK’s national parks (which were previously limited to 20 metres instead of the national cap of 25) will still have to go through a more rigorous planning permission process, concerns have been raised about the impact the infrastructure will have on the UK’s rural spaces. 

CCS Insight analyst Kester Mann said in an interview with the BBC that, “it is vital to strike the right balance between improving connectivity and preserving the beauty of the countryside."

Phil Sorsky, a senior vice president at network infrastructure firm CommScope, called the announcement “that network operators will be able to build taller 5G phone masts in rural areas” a “promising step towards speeding up the 5G network rollout.” 

He admitted, however, that the process of rolling out taller masts would require operators to “aesthetically blend” the equipment “into their environment. For example, integrating technology into a range of slim antennas that are packing more functions into a neat footprint will suit contemporary thinking on urban design and respects the public’s view.”

Sorsky added: “While changes won’t happen overnight, investing in the digital transformation of our country will have long term and far reaching benefits for us all – both economically and socially. Building the infrastructure to supply fast, reliable connectivity to businesses will ultimately underpin our efforts to build back from the pandemic and so this is certainly a positive move from our perspective.”

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Apr 30, 2021

Event Spotlight: Why 5G Matters

Bizclik Editor
2 min
Meet the industry experts taking part in Mobile Magazine’s Why 5G Matters Webinar on May 7
Meet the industry experts taking part in Mobile Magazine’s Why 5G Matters Webinar on May 7...

As the global 5G rollout continues to take effect, the mobile telecommunications industry is looking for business models and monetisation strategies to make up for the huge investment required for the technology.

Many are looking to move beyond connectivity to develop new services that capitalise on 5G speeds, architectures, and data transfer capabilities.

In an upcoming, very special webinar, Mobile Magazine’s Scott Birch will join industry experts from SAP, DigitalRoute, Verizon, and Deloitte examine the incredible opportunity that 5G brings for network providers, their customers, and end-users. 

Frank Wilde


Vice President, Global Center of Excellence at SAP

A seasoned executive and management consultant with a track record of success in software development and business model innovation, Frank Wilde is currently leading SAP’s data science innovation with a team of data scientists and platform architects to drive revenue growth and customer-driven innovation with strategic customers.

Demed L’Her


CTO at DigitalRoute 

Mr L’Her is a software executive with a proven track record in enterprise software strategy, a solid academic background and a strong dose of pragmatism. He currently lives and works in Sweden, following over 16 years in Silicon Valley, as well as time spent in France, the UK and Japan. 

He has held almost all possible technical roles within a software company (product management, development, alliances, pre-sales, etc.), in a great variety of countries and environments, from pre-IPO Silicon Valley software companies to mega-vendors such as Oracle or SAP.

Arleen Cauchi


Director Partner Business Development & Innovation, Verizon

Results-oriented leader with over 30 years experience in sales and marketing. An innovator, a strategic thinker and an influencer who has consistently been a pioneer throughout her career with the ability to assess complex opportunities, develop strategies, and mobilise teams to execute. Combining technology, sales and marketing know-how to consistently exceed customer and business expectations.

Jerry Hoberman


Principal, Technology Modernisation leader, Consumer Industries at Deloitte Consulting LLP

U.S. Consumer-Retail Technology Practice Leader. Americas SAP Practice Leader. Experienced Principal with a demonstrated history of successful outcomes in Consumer, Retail and Wholesale industries through technology modernisation. Skilled in IT Strategy, Technology Implementation, Business Case, Business Process Design, and Organisational Change Management. Deep global domain knowledge in Finance and Supply Chain. Solution-focused implementation of analytics and operational solutions that use clean ERP, cloud architectures, smart data design and integration platforms. Hoberman has an MBA focused in Finance from New York University.

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