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Just how mobile are we in the North West?

Mobile has become an essential tool in our hectic business and social lives. As passionate advocates of business mobile solutions ourselves, we like to keep on top of the latest trends and developments in the world of mobile here at Lake Technologies. Here are three mobile stories affecting the North West of England that caught our eye this month.

Huawei joins Manchester’s 5G rollout

In case you hadn’t noticed, the 5G revolution is in full swing in Manchester. After the BT-owned network EE was the first to offer the next generation of mobile connectivity to Mancunian customers, it wasn’t long before Vodafone and Three joined the party. Now, the latest development for the city region’s 5G ambitions has seen Chinese telecoms giant Huawei set up its new regional office at MediaCityUK’s Blue Tower to work more closely with EE and Vodafone on the 5G rollout.

“We’re working with both Vodafone and EE in certain places to deliver 5G coverage, so the radio network equipment for the 5G networks and this next generation of mobile technology is going to mean much faster, much greater capacity around mobile coverage,” Ed Brewster, Huawei’s UK communications director, told Business Live. Yet more good news for businesses based in Manchester, particularly the data-heavy digital sector which contributes £4.1 billion to Manchester’s economy and employs around 70,000 people.

Divine intervention for rural mobile coverage

Believe it or not, Cornerstone – the mobile infrastructure services company who own and manage sites for Telefónica (O2) and Vodafone – has sought diving inspiration from the Church of England to help deliver improved connectivity in hard-to-reach areas suffering from poor mobile phone coverage. The move follows an agreement with the Government encouraging the Church to use its buildings to improve broadband, mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity for local communities. 

“We want to improve people’s lives by boosting connectivity in some of our hardest-to-reach areas,” said Matt Warman, Minister for Digital and Broadband. “Churches have always been at the heart of our communities and it is fitting this new agreement will support new infrastructure to better connect people in the surrounding area and help tackle social isolation and improve access to services.”

Liverpool home to chattiest mobile users

Remember those BT adverts from the 1990s where Bob Hoskins told us it was “good to talk”? Well, if they were to do a modern-day equivalent of those adverts we like to imagine they would feature Killing Eve star Jodie Comer telling the nation that it’s “boss to talk”. Why? Because a recent Ofcom survey has revealed that Liverpudlians enjoy longer mobile phone calls than residents of nine other major British cities.

According to Ofcom’s research, which was gathered from 150,000 mobile phone users, sociable Liverpudlians spend an average of six minutes and 51 seconds chatting on a single call. Londoners were a distant second, spending a whopping 40% less time on their mobile calls. People in Bradford were the most likely to wrap up their calls the fastest, with their average conversation lasting just three minutes and 15 seconds.

Business mobile solutions to suit your requirements

Whether your business is based in Manchester, Liverpool or the rural north west countryside, Lake Technologies has a business mobile service to suit your specific requirements. As fully independent business mobile providers, we can provide you with a tailor-made voice and data package, including the latest handsets and the best deals on minutes. We also offer flexible business landline to mobile solutions that deliver a low-cost extension to your landline that you can take anywhere.
For clear, simple and competitive business mobile tariffs, contact Lake Technologies today on 0333 200 4031 or sales@laketechnologies.co.uk to arrange a free consultation.