City councils and operators lock legal horns over 5G infrastructure

A growing number of disputes about the installation of 5G equipment risks delaying 5G’s roll-out in the UK, a new report has claimed.

City leaders and legal experts say the Electronic Communications Code, which regulates the legal relationship between landowners/occupiers and operators and was updated in 2017 to smooth the way for the implementation of 5G, is hindering rather than helping.

Alicia Foo, a property lawyer and partner at Pinsent Masons who represents both operators and landowners, told the Guardian: “More and more cases are clogging up the tribunals than ever was the case under the old code.”

Theo Blackwell, London’s chief digital officer, said the Code is ambiguously worded and lacks practical guidance.