Mode Solutions reveals the industries and locations worst affected by the UK’s inadequate IT infrastructure
IT expert Mode Solutions is warning that an average of one in four workers in the UK’s top hybrid and remote working industries is having to make do with inadequate home internet connectivity, based on its analysis of Ofcom’s Connected Nations Open Data.
The need for Superfast broadband (i.e. 30Mbps or higher) has never been more essential given that 87% of the working population who were office based before the pandemic are now set to split their time between the office and home, according to the ONS.
Table 1 shows the industries offering the greatest flexibility in terms of remote and hybrid working, and their subsequent internet speed requirements based on the average bandwidth required for a typical job specification.
With over half of these industries requiring more than 30Mpbs to operate smoothly, Mode warns that workers in many regions may not have access to the superfast broadband speeds of 30Mbps or higher that they need to do their jobs (see Table 2).
The need for improvements to be made to the UK’s IT infrastructure is implicit in the Government’s £5 billion ‘Project Gigabit’, a major funding initiative aiming to deliver next generation broadband to more than one million hard to reach homes in regions such as the East of England and the North-East, where more than one fifth of homes do not receive superfast connectivity.
On a positive note, Mode adds that for industries and workers who regularly rely on mobile internet access super-fast 5G connectivity continues to increase across the UK. EE, which launched the UK’s first 5G network in May 2019, recently announced that its 5G network had passed 50% population coverage, putting it on course to offer 5G anywhere in the UK by 2028.
Mode’s recent acquisition of IT managed services provider eacs has extended the company’s geographical reach, giving it three UK sites, increasing its headcount to more than 200 employees and enabling it to provide a broader offering of integrated solutions to support business transformation, including hybrid working.