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19 NOV 2019

New RICS guidance aims to create more efficient telecommunications sector

RICS has launched pioneering industry guidance to help create a more robust and efficient telecommunications sector, with more competitive networks and services. The best practice note is the first of its kind in offering expert advice around issues affecting the roll-out of modern communications networks and how they are deployed, accessed and used.

The timely launch of the guidance note – Surveyors Advising in respect of the Electronic Communications Code – follows the recent government announcement that poor mobile phone coverage will be a thing of the past thanks to a £1 billion deal with the mobile phone industry to banish rural 'not-spots.'

Chair of the RICS Telecoms Forum Board, Mark Talbot of Carter Jonas said: "The electronic communications sector is witnessing a dramatic evolution in terms of legislation and the development of new technologies along with the growing demand for services such as 4/5G and superfast broadband availability. Therefore, this guidance has never been more needed.

"It will provide a best practice framework for all those who work in the sector and help them to keep-up with the profound shift in the changing way digital electronic communications are operated, enabling them to provide expert advice to clients in this dynamic and evolving sector."

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The new guidance will provide a framework for best-practice operation in the telecommunications sector

Developed in consultation with stakeholders including the Government (Department for Digital Culture Media & Sport), the legal profession, telecoms operators - along with land and property owners and their agents - infrastructure providers and the CAAV, the guidance adheres to the government's statutory Electronic Communications Code framework.

Chair of the RICS Telecoms Forum Board, Mark Talbot added: "The Government's aim is to create more competitive communications networks and services, which are available to all, and this new guidance will help achieve this with an improved, high-performing telecommunications sector in the UK."