3G Technology

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 7th November 2001.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimates her Department has made of the increase in demand for mobile phone masts that will result from the implementation of 3G technology; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (e-Commerce & Competitiveness)

holding answer 5 November 2001

The number of mobile masts needed for third generation mobile communications systems depends upon a wide range of assumptions about demand and technical issues. These are commercial decisions for the licensees. The Department is encouraging operators to minimise the number of installations needed by sharing facilities as long as this does not disproportionately reduce competition.

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