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Operators concerned over mast deployment regulation

The Mobile News article carries a warning from the UK's four mobile operators that the changes to laws on mast deployment have not been "game changing" and more needs to be done to improve coverage.

Their remarks come more than two years after a landmark deal with the coalition government was signed to eliminate 'not spots' by boosting national coverage from 69 per cent to 90 per cent.

The deadline of 2017 was set but operators agreed at the time that mast numbers must rise from 27,500 to 40,000.

Research from Analysys Mason shows that the annual land rental costs is £5,500, mast construction £150,000 with annual maintenance and insurance costs of £1,500. Site negotiations for tower upgrades or renewals can take 12-18 months to settle.

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