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Government launches plans to boost rural 5G

August 27, 2019


The government has detailed a package of funding and measures designed to ensure the benefits of 5G reach rural areas and not just major cities.

A consultation on network deployment regulations will be launched, aimed at easing mobile operators’ most common complaints, such as the amount of red tape required to deploy and upgrade infrastructure and restrictive regulations.

Under the proposals, operators would be able to build taller mobile masts in rural areas – meaning fewer sites would be needed to cover a wide area – and share infrastructure. Both measures would increase deployment and cost efficiencies, boosting rural coverage.

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