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Fights over lampposts could delay 5G rollout in the U.K. by two years


In the UK, 5G transmitters must be placed in a group of structures higher than a double-decker bus. According to The Guardian, this has turned the light poles into hot properties in the region because they are aligned with one another and are high enough to provide a clear line of sight for 5G signals. But some cities, local governments, and landlords refuse to give all operators in the UK access to these facilities. As a result, it will take another two years for the next generation of wireless connectivity to be fully launched on the market. This is the time that should delay all local disputes to be resolved.

The digital director of London, Theo Blackwell, points out that part of the problem is due to a new electronic communication code. Written to help launch 5G in the Uk.

The code is unclear about how to manage access to facilities on the country’s roads. This, says Blackwell, is leading to costly lawsuits delaying the implementation of 5G. The courts of the U.K. they are blocking a series of requests. Alicia Foo, a property lawyer who represents the parties on both sides of this problem, says that “our judicial system takes a long time, so a two-year delay is not inconceivable”.

The Agreement between Ontix and City of Westminster


Meanwhile, the battle continues on how many local cities can charge carriers access to high facilities. And even those cities that have reached agreements with carriers have been sued by other carriers who feel excluded. For example, the wireless service provider Ontix has signed an agreement with the City of Westminster to place 5G transmitters on Westminster streetlights.

But BT is challenging the legality of the transaction with the argument that would avoid competition for individual street lights. Similar agreements reached by other city councils were disputed with the dispute that threatens BT on five agreements made by competitors. A BT spokeswoman says she has withdrawn from nine exclusivity agreements she had with other boards to show how committed the company is to open access.

And there is something in common between the U.K. and the U.S; In both countries, wireless service providers pay no attention to those living in rural areas. The largest council in England, in North Yorkshire, has sought to attract the interest of mobile operators, but without success. Don Mackenzie, the main board member, said: “It doesn’t matter 4G, there are areas in our county that don’t have 3G or, in some cases, 2G, and in some patches, there’s no signal. where we need to intervene and shake the market “.

The government has committed to having 5G available for the entire country by 2033.

(Via: The Guardian)

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