Con­nec­tiv­ity in ru­ral ar­eas poor

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

EE an­nounced last week that Lon­don, Cardiff, Ed­in­burgh, Belfast, Birm­ing­ham and Manch­ester will have 5G net­works by mid-2019, with higher speeds and en­hanced re­li­a­bil­ity of mo­bile net­works. Whilst this is a big pos­i­tive for city-dwellers, it only fur­ther high­lights the grow­ing di­vide be­tween city and coun­try in tech­nol­ogy pro­vi­sion.

Good con­nec­tiv­ity is es­sen­tial to ru­ral ar­eas, link­ing our towns and vil­lages and al­low­ing en­trepreneurs to flour­ish with­out hav­ing to head to ur­ban ar­eas, yet Of­com fig­ures show only 18% of UK ru­ral premises can re­ceive an in­door 4G mo­bile sig­nal from all four net­works, com­pared to 64% in ur­ban ar­eas. Of­com also states that 17% of ru­ral premises don’t re­ceive “de­cent broad­band”, com­pared to just 2% in ur­ban ar­eas.

Whilst im­prove­ments have been made in re­cent years, more needs to be done to im­prove both in­door and out­door con­nec­tiv­ity, par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral ar­eas. Many city res­i­dents might be frus­trated when they lose sig­nal when trav­el­ling through the coun­try­side; imag­ine liv­ing or try­ing to run a busi­ness in a low or no-sig­nal area!

Ru­ral ar­eas are of­ten home to creative, driven peo­ple but they’re be­ing held back from reach­ing their po­ten­tial be­cause of slow broad­band and poor mo­bile sig­nals. Whilst the Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues its in­fight­ing over Brexit, it needs to re­mem­ber the peo­ple out­side the cities, those whose voices may not be heard giv­ing their sup­port or crit­i­cism sim­ply be­cause their phone sig­nal doesn’t al­low them to call their lo­cal MP. Dan Yates Founder of Lon­don SW15

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