By Juliette Wallace, Property Director

A very warm welcome to MBNL InSite’s first issue for 2022. Springtime is upon us!

Traditionally Spring represents hope and is a time for change as the weather is getting warmer, with longer days and nature blooming everywhere. Indeed, it is my favourite season as it fills me with energy and anticipation to look forward and plan for the rest of the year. I hope this lovely season will give you the same vitality and good mood in whatever you do as well.

Along with the seasonal changes you may notice our newsletter has a fresh new look too – we are making MBNL InSite more accessible and interactive, with a streamlined layout to offer you quicker access to the news and stories you are interested in, whether on your laptop or mobile phone. There is also a new comments area at the end of each article, so please do give us your valuable feedback after reading our newsletter.

With the Government’s recent announcement of proposed changes to the Electronic Communications Code and the National Planning legislation, as an industry, we are anticipating more opportunities to further enhance collaborations with site providers and planning authorities in the coming year. These changes will be a key enabler for the industry to bring improved mobile connectivity to all parts of the country more efficiently and quickly, supporting the Government’s levelling up ambitions. I look forward to your continued support and working together to realise the benefits of a connected UK for all.

This edition opens with the great news that EE and Three are bringing 4G and 5G to the entire London Underground, in case you haven’t heard of it yet. EE and Three’s customers will be able to make calls, check emails, or update social network statuses when travelling on the Tube, even inside the tunnels! I’m sure this is exciting news to the capital’s locals and visitors alike. Our regular special feature on 5G continues with a look at how the technology is transforming the creative and entertainment industries, from broadcasting to mobile gaming. There is also an article on how local authorities are playing their part in helping to speed up mobile connectivity rollouts, especially 5G, in their communities. Check out the special feature by our HSEQ (Health, Safety, Environment & Quality) team about their aspirations and achievements on MBNL’s continual safety improvement journey. Last but definitely not least, I’m pleased to include a brief summary of the findings of our site provider survey which received a very good response. My huge thank you to everyone who took part. We will continue to ask for your feedback as your input is instrumental to the continuous improvements which define the way we work.

I hope you enjoy reading our revamped newsletter and like the new design as much as I do!

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