Planned improvements in mobile-phone infrastructure should see the greatest benefits across scotland, wales and Northern ireland.
The Shared rural Network (SrN), a UK Government-backed project involving the four main mobile operators in the UK (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone), is investing more than £1 billion to increase 4G coverage throughout the UK.
The project is targeting 95% 4G coverage by 2025 with coverage increasing by over a third in some areas. This will eliminate the locations where there is currently no coverage from any one operator, known as Total Not Spots (TNS).It will provide guaranteed coverage to 280,000 premises and 16,000km of roads, addressing challenges faced by rural businesses that their urban counterparts do not encounter.
It is not only rural businesses that will benefit – so will the large number of remote workers who find themselves working from home more than a year on from the initial lockdown. Improved coverage will be welcome to those in remote and rural areas and will allow for better communication between colleagues and clients, with a stable connection facilitating effective remote working.
There are 124 new sites proposed for Scotland as part of the Shared rural Network and these leases will be agreed under the Electronic Communications Code – Digital Economy Act 2017 (the new Code).
If, as a landowner, you are approached as having a suitable location for one or more of these sites, it is highly advisable to take advice on the implications of these agreements from a surveyor who has suitable experience operating within the telecoms sector.
Galbraith has already been instructed to negotiate over a third of these new SrN sites across Scotland and also has experience of agreeing many new Code leases under the previous EE ESN rollout programme, which is coming to an end. If you need advice about the SrN rollout or any other telecom matter, please get in touch and we will be delighted to assist.