Setting a clear direction for improving mobile coverage

Connecting Cambridgeshire’s proactive approach to improving mobile connectivity with the support of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has been cited as an example of good practice in a new flagship report from Mobile UK outlining the crucial role of local councils.

Launched in Parliament on 5 September, the report highlights the opportunities for partnership with the mobile industry and offers practical measures for reform that can help break down barriers that will help the UK realise its ambition to be a leading digital economy with world-class mobile connectivity.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough case study details the recent extension of the Connecting Cambridgeshire programme to further improve mobile, broadband and public Wi-Fi coverage across the county over the next four years, with additional funding from the Combined Authority and Government.

The innovative programme is among the first in the country to launch a dedicated Enabling Digital Delivery (EDD) team that will work with telecoms providers and mobile operators to remove the barriers to the rapid delivery of digital connectivity, make best use of public sector assets and attract private sector investment.

Gareth Elliott, Head of Policy and Communications, Mobile UK said:
“Building Mobile Britain relies on strong partnerships and local Government has a vital role to play in delivering this goal. Our report, Councils and Connectivity, outlines how proactive local government leadership, planning and the sharing of ideas can enable and unlock opportunities to achieving a world-class connected economy.”

Read the report and the case study here:

MobileUK Councils and Connectivity report: How local government can help to build mobile Britain infographic