We all have a stake in the future of the UK’s mobile networks. Over three decades, mobile telephony, and now mobile broadband, has continually demonstrated its ability to grow, to evolve, to surprise.
This has not happened by accident; it has taken vision and enormous efforts on the part of investors, providers, regulators, governments and civil society, often working in collaboration and partnership, to create the ingredients for success: open, secure standards, co-ordinated radio spectrum, a viable legal framework and returns on investment in line with risk.
Mobile operators have played a central role by continually investing in networks, value added services, and subscriber acquisition.
In turn, business and consumer customers have shown extraordinary ingenuity in harnessing the power of mobile, to be more creative and productive, to offer new services, and to improve lives.
As a result, world-leading mobile infrastructure has now become central to a nation’s or a region’s competitive advantage.
As populations become more city based, those cities that offer the best environment (‘smart’, low carbon, mobile), underpinned by high speed mobile networks, will attract a talented workforce (and its tax base), creating a virtuous circle of improvement (a new industrial revolution).
Likewise, in the countryside, mobile networks will be needed to make farming more competitive in global markets, sustain rural communities, businesses and tourism.
There is no room for complacency and plenty of opportunity.
Mobile UK’s mission is to work with Government, regulators, civil society and others to harness the power of mobile to improve the lives of our customers and the prosperity of the UK as a whole.