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West of England aims to boost mobile coverage


Combined authority for the region announced collaboration agreement with network operators’ association

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has taken an early step towards strengthening the region’s digital infrastructure with an agreement to work with Mobile UK, the trade body for the country’s mobile network operators.

It has announced that they are to collaborate on extending mobile coverage in the region. While the authority emphasised the potential economic benefits, the move is also likely to contribute to the further development of digital public services.

WECA is planning to develop a digital strategy over the next few months, with the improvement of the local infrastructure expected to be a central component.

Tim Bowles (pictured), West of England Mayor, said: “One of the top priorities for the West for England region is to build on our strengths as a leader in innovation, high tech and creativity. Many successful businesses and high value jobs are based here but connectivity remains a challenge in some parts of our region.

“Creating the right environment for digital infrastructure investment will be central to ensuring that the West of England stays at the forefront of digital developments. We need to ensure that businesses are able to harness the benefits of innovation and that they can continue to compete nationally and internationally."

The announcement is the latest development in Mobile UK’s Building Mobile Britain campaign. It has involved engaging with national and local decision-makers, as well as interested industry groups, in a bid to overcome the challenges operators face with expanding the existing mobile networks.

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