UK 5G rollout delayed

  1. EABowden Honeycomb May 20, 2019

    EABowden, May 20, 2019 :
    Don't rush to buy your OP7pro 5G just yet.

    5G faces years of delay over mast disputes
    Greg Wilford
    May 20 2019, 12:01am, The Times
    The ultra-fast 5G mobile network could be delayed by two years by legal disputes over the control of lampposts across Britain.

    Mobile network operators (MNOs) need access to street lights and tall masts to install transmitters that enable the technology to work.

    Some are pursuing legal action against local authorities and landlords, The Guardian reported. A new electronic communications code designed to make the rollout easier has backfired because of ambiguous wording and lack of guidance over access to lampposts and other street furniture.

    Theo Blackwell, chief digital officer at City Hall in London, said: “While the intention of the code was to make it easier for MNOs to roll out infrastructure, by not providing guidance, the government have in fact delayed deployments by two years.”

    A tribunal system set up to speed up disputes already has a backlog of cases.

    Much of the litigation is focused on how much rent councils and other landlords can charge MNOs.

    Westminster city council agreed a deal with the provider Ontix but it was challenged by BT “on the basis that it would prevent competition on individual lampposts”, according to Jonathan Glanz a Westminster councillor.

    A BT spokeswoman said: “We’re keen to remove barriers to access.”

  2. Intruder71 KitKat May 20, 2019

    Intruder71, May 20, 2019 :
    Not really news is it unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of months... All due to the Huawei debacle..

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  3. EABowden Honeycomb May 20, 2019

    EABowden, May 20, 2019 :
    Huawei is a different debacle! That's about including Huawei tech in the network.

    This is about EE/BT monopolising the poles required to mount 5G masts.

  4. Intruder71 KitKat May 20, 2019

    Intruder71, May 20, 2019 :
    They have no masts yet as Huawei were meant to be putting them up, then there are the council's not playing ball about antenna placement it's all linked .... BT will come round or be forced to as they were with their underground ducting.. But this is the least of the problems 5g has because of the above, saying it's just down to BT is inaccurate... The masts we have now don't begin to scratch the surface of the amount we would need, it's almost a fresh start...

  5. Intruder71 KitKat May 20, 2019

    Intruder71, May 20, 2019 :
    5g will rely on small antenna everywhere eventually rather than masts, they will be stuck on top of traffic lights most buildings everywhere due to the amount of traffic and the huge number of devices connecting...

  6. EABowden Honeycomb May 20, 2019

    EABowden, May 20, 2019 :
    Ah thanks, you sound like you know what you're talking about.

    It's not even that useful for you and me, it's the start of skynet, allowing the machines to talk to each other at stupid fast speeds

  7. xIMzEr Donut May 21, 2019

  8. dnateo Donut May 23, 2019

    dnateo, May 23, 2019 :
    The original Guardian article was about more disputes between council planners and mobile operators (this applies to all mobile masts, not just 5G).

    5G is launching next week from EE and Vodafone have said July. There won't be full coverage in the go live areas but this will build over time.