Government moots relaxing planning rules for 5G roll-out

Planning rules could be relaxed to allow new mobile phone infrastructure to be built to help expedite the roll-out of a 5G network in England, including in protected sites, the government has said.

To support the accelerated deployment of 5G, taller and wider masts need to be built, as well as radio housing equipment, according to The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which yesterday co-launched a two-month consultation. 

5G is the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, tipped to deliver much faster data download and upload speeds and wider coverage, particularly in rural areas.

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