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Mobile Networks Might Pay Lower Rates, to Encourage Them to Improve Signal in Wales

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David Sandoval
Oct 06, 2017 09:10
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In an attempt to get mobile networks to improve their infrastructure, and thus improve signal for everyone, the Welsh government is considering cutting rates to give networks more money to invest.

Because of Wales's geography, and the fact that the population is far more spread out, Ofcom has concluded that 64 phone masts are needed to provide mobile coverage to one million people.

In England only 12 masts are needed.

For that reason the Welsh government are putting together an 'action plan' to ensure more people get the coverage they need.

Currently rates account for around 22 per cent of a mobile mast's running costs, and this new plan id designed to highlight the "positive relationship between telecommunications and the economy".

Also being considered are plans to ease planning restrictions on new phone masts, which would make it easier for networks to build taller phone masts.

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