Last month the Government concluded a consultation on the future of permitted development rights, the cornerstone of UK telecoms for the last thirty years.

The consultation took the unprecedented decision to remove permitted development rights, endangering much-needed investment in UK telecoms infrastructure.

In response, we sent the following letter to Ministers, Shadow Ministers and senior Government figures, asking them to take a second look at the consequences of the decision, and to think again:

To Whom It May Concern,

In 2016, I formed a Smart City telecoms infrastructure company, Maximus Networks Ltd. …

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5G is the next generation of mobile technology, promising ultra-fast download speeds and ultra-low latency. It will also be substantially more efficient than 4G, allowing mobile operators to offer customers more competitive data packages.

The UK’s biggest network, EE has announced plans to rollout 5G across sixteen major cities in 2019, with competitors Vodafone, Three and O2 planning to launch before the end of the year. In 2017, the Government unveiled its strategy for 5G, promising increased investment in the UK’s digital infrastructure.

Changing the way we live and work

5G not only promises to change the way we interact with our smartphones, with download speeds up to 100x faster than 4G, but change the way we live and work as well. …

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With the ongoing MHCLG consultation, “Planning Reform: supporting the high street and increasing the delivery of new homes”, supported by a handful of councils, it is interesting to interrogate some of the motivations behind the objections of some local authorities.

We note with interest an article from the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET) publication Engineering & Technology. It highlights the ‘5G street fight’ currently taking place and reveals the complex web of contracts and deals that some of the UK’s most high-profile councils have in place with current advertising and telecoms providers.

The article spotlights on whether or not these contracts have an influence on attitudes towards the rollout of the new kiosks. As the article states, many objections to proposed kiosks are based on legitimate concerns rather than commercial self-interest. Nonetheless, the lack of transparency around these contracts certainly raises equally legitimate questions that should be asked. …


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