With EE launching its 5G service from the end of the month and Vodafone announcing their switch-on in July 2019, it will be interesting to see how the new electronic communications code continues to be implemented.
The new code was intended to make the rollout of 5G network easier and speed up the process however the battle between landlords and network operators does threaten to stifle the 5G UK rollout.
Rather than requiring large masts, 5G makes use of smaller antennas, distributed at a greater density. With operators attempting to force landowners into new code agreements and disputes arising that need to be determined by the Tribunal this does raise a question about how quickly and cost effectively 5G can be rolled out.
Vodafone will switch on its 5G network for both consumers and business customers in seven cities across the UK on 3 July 2019. In a worldwide first, Vodafone will also offer 5G roaming in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain over the summer.