Rate cuts could increase mobile coverage

The mobile phone companies could get a business rate cut to encourage them to invest in upgrading their networks.

The Welsh Government said it would consider the impact of the rate of cleavage of the infrastructure, including the telephony antennas.

It is part of a “plan of action”, designed to encourage the industry to expand the network coverage to more people.

Planning rules could also be relaxed, making it easier to lift the top of the masts, following claims Wales is lagging behind England in the matter.

The government of the united kingdom introduced the same change in the planning of last year.

The Welsh Government’s Mobile Action Plan highlight that the Ofcom data showed Wales needs 67 masts to reach up to a million people, however, England need only 12 of the masts.

In England, applications for masts up to 25 metres (82 feet) can be a fast way under what are known as permitted development rights, but in the country of Wales, the limit is 15 m (49ft).

The research allows the development of rights in the country of Wales will be published during the autumn, before the planning policy was updated in the spring.

The action plan said that the update of the policy to highlight the “positive relationship between telecommunications and the economy.”

The fees represent approximately 22% of the costs of operation of a mobile mast site.

Promising to evaluate the impact of a court, the plan added: “When the evidence suggests that a reduction in non-domestic rates would encourage investment the Welsh Government will consider the possibility of providing the non-domestic rates relief appropriate mobile mast sites.”

Science minister Julie James said: “This plan describes what we, as the Welsh Government can do to help create the right environment to further improve connectivity in the country of Wales.

“I have to be clear that we do not have the main levers such as these rest with the government of the united kingdom and [the regulator] Ofcom, and it is important to note that there is a unique solution for boosting mobile connectivity.”

Hamish MacLeod, director of Mobile in the uk, which represents mobile phone companies, said that the plan “rightly recognises the urgent need for reform and identifies barriers to the effective implementation of the infrastructure of mobile telephony”.

The government of the united kingdom said that he had “a lot of time asking” for the Welsh ministers to follow his example in the improvement of mobile coverage.

Wales office minister Guto Bebb, said: “we welcome the publication of its action plan today and we hope that they now move forward with the commitments to address the very real problem of mobile ‘not spots’ across the country, and to carry on the planning reforms to support the mobile infrastructure deployment in the country of Wales, which are from a long time ago.”

Last month, a communications expert described the connections of mobile telephony in some parts of Wales, worse than on the Hebridean island of Tiree.