Views and opinions from landlords, the mobile phone sector and their advisors are being sought to ensure a suite of legal documents used to improve the complicated process of locating digital infrastructure are fit for purpose. 

In March 2021, Infralink, a programme established by infrastructure experts the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) and funded by The Scotland 5G Centre to improve the engagement between the public sector and the mobile industry, published their standard leases and payment guidance for 4G and 5G macro sites.  

These tools apply to land and buildings across a variety of location types across Scotland. Existing best practice was used as the starting point for the development of the tools to create a balanced starting point for negotiations. 

Six months on, feedback is now being asked for from landlords, the mobile sector and their advisors on the documents that have been developed and how they are being used.  

In particular, views are sought on whether the standardised documents have achieved the balance aimed for between the landlord’s potential desire for control of an asset and the mobile tenant’s need to ensure that a site continues to be viable and serve its customer base, depending on the asset type and location. 

The consultation is open until 28 January 2022 and can be found on the Infralink website along with the standardised leases and payment guidance.