Mobile society: the built environment

TMN Quarterly's latest issue focussed on how mobile networks have impacted on society. This article, by noted telecoms writer George Malim, asked how the deployment of mobile network infrastructure has affected, and could affect, the built environment.

Mobile has claims to be the world’s fastest ever mass-scale industrial roll out. This has meant it has had an undeniable impact on our built environment, and also on many rural landscapes as well.

But the nature of the rollout has meant that mobile infrastructure has been installed as an adjunct to the way we design our cities and living spaces – with antennas and towers plonked onto and into landscapes. And then it gets ripped out.

George Malim asks if we should be saving our mobile heritage, and also asks who is thinking about ways to design buildings and cities with mobile in mind.

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