Vodafone today reaffirms its commitment to closing the digital divide, as new study reveals close to a million (838,000) people living in deprived rural communities would benefit from access to 5G standalone.
- Study reveals widening gap between urban and rural areas, with nearly half of rural deprived areas classed as 5G not spots, compared to just 2.7% of urban areas
- Scotland, Wales, East Anglia, Cumbria and the South-West are the worst performing areas of Britain identified with a lack of connectivity and high levels of deprivation
- With improved connectivity, rural communities would benefit from advances in healthcare, education and agriculture that would dramatically improve people’s lives
- Vodafone UK pledges to close the digital divide between rural and urban areas by delivering on the Government’s 2030 5G coverage ambitions, set out in the Wireless Infrastructure Strategy, by providing 95% of the UK population with 5G Standalone coverage by 2030 and extending that to 99% by 2034, as part of its proposed merger with Three UK
A new study of Britain’s most deprived communities has revealed a stark digital divide between rural and urban areas. The report, ‘Connecting the Countryside’, which has been commissioned by Vodafone UK with analysis carried out by WPI Economics, found nearly half (46%) of rural deprived areas are classed as 5G not spots, whereas the same can only be said for 2.7% of urban, deprived communities.
The study identified five areas of Britain as performing particularly poorly when it comes to a lack of connectivity and high levels of deprivation – Scotland, Wales, East Anglia, Cumbria and the South-West. Over half (53.8%) of the rural constituencies in Wales are total 5G not spots.