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Operators push for open access to city sites on both sides of the Atlantic

The cost and red tape associated with access to city sites are still slowing down the pace of densification, and the situation will hit crisis point when it comes to 5G’s requirements for smaller cells and dense urban capacity, argue operators like Sprint. In the UK, BT is calling for open access to infrastructure such as lamp posts, in order to lower the barriers to deployment. It wants an end to the exclusive concessions model, which is commonly used by local authorities in the UK. They award the right to deploy small cells or WiFi on their lamp posts and other sites to a single entity. Other service providers then have to pay a wholesale charge to the concession holder.…

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