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UKHospitality Backs Plans to Reform Mobile & 5G Coverage

28 August 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Banks
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UKHospitality, the single, authoritative voice for the hospitality sector, has come out in support of a consultation proposing reform to the deployment of 5G and the extension of mobile connectivity to wider areas of the UK.

 

Seeking greater mobile connectivity and a larger spread to the development of 5G, the consultation looks to improve mobile signal and allow more areas in the UK to benefit from the economic advantages of widespread mobile coverage. Figures from the consultation also highlight that a better mobile infrastructure has the potential to transform the rural economy by enabling smaller businesses to grow, and to recruit and retain staff[1].

 

Kate Nicholls, CEO UKHospitality, said: “In an ever-more digital world, the need for mobile connectivity and digital platforms are essential in being able to run and maintain businesses effectively and efficiently. Hospitality and tourism are not limited to London and the major cities of the UK, so to extend mobile connectivity to rural areas is an absolute must in helping to create a fair operating environment that enables all operators to thrive.

 

“We live in the age of social currency, where consumers want to share their experiences and with added connectivity there is more freedom to share and post – a benefit to the overall experience of the consumer but also great for showcasing some of the fantastic tourist and hospitality offerings across the UK. From seaside towns to the countryside, it is vital that we avoid disadvantages dictated by geography for any and all businesses.”

 

More information on the consultancy can be found: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/proposed-reforms-to-permitted-development-rights-to-support-the-deployment-of-5g-and-extend-mobile-coverage



[1] House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy ‘Time for a strategy for the rural economy’ HL Paper 330 (published 27 April 2019) – Chapter 4: Digital Connectivity - available at: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201719/ldselect/ldrurecon/330/330.pdf


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