While the United Kingdom by no means lags behind on the worldwide race for mobile coverage, there are still plenty of areas in the country that would benefit from basic mobile phone coverage. This has been the case for a number of years and it is only now that something is being done about it. An ambitious new government project promises to bring better mobile coverage to more parts of the country within the next two years. This project will also increase the number of people who can confidently say they ‘work mobile’. Therefore, this has huge ramifications for the industry that serves mobile working.
The project aims to increase the coverage for mobile signal networks by the end of 2015. The project has the really rather ambitious name of the Mobile Infrastructure Project, and while this may sound rather monolithic and huge all it means is that certain parts of the country that have waited for mobile signal access for a number of years will finally get what they want. This of course means much to anyone who owns a mobile phone in these areas, but it also means that more business can be done. The number of companies in the world that have employees who have their own mobile device and wish to use it for both personal and business purposes is increasing week on week. This means that some companies may even feel it is possible to invest more in these areas that are receiving mobile access, which can only be good for local business and local economies.
Parts of Scotland, Wales and the West Country of England are due to see a huge increase in mobile signal access. These places are historically bereft of mobile access and have been for a number of years. The project is ambitious but the Communications Minister for the government seems pleased by it. Ed Vaizey has already been talking about it to the national press, and has expressed his confidence that local economies will benefit by the project. He also believes that this move will help to make the United Kingdom more financially competitive in the worldwide race for communications in finance.
Whatever this move does for the country, it is yet more evidence that the government is starting to realise the importance of mobile working. It now must take up the challenge of ensuring that all areas of the country are able to claim they have a mobile signal that is working. This will increase investment levels in local businesses and therefore make the country more financially competitive. With nearly 90% of companies in the UK now admitting that they have employees who bring their own device to work, it's becoming even more important that the government recognises the 21st-century way of working. Very shortly, mobile working will be the norm, and this means that authorities and businesses have to prepare their workers for it. Having the right levels of signal access could do this.