The first part of a new research report by Trajectory on behalf of O2 has been published this week, exploring mobile’s role as part of the UK’s essential infrastructure.

The chapter, part of a wider report by Trajectory for O2 titled “Mobile: The Driver of the Connected Economy”, has been released as the first of a series of upcoming posts on O2’s ‘The Blue’ – the telecommunication giant’s news and opinion blog – and explores mobile’s as a key actor in our national infrastructure network.

Essential Infrastructure takes stock of mobile’s current position within the UK – highlighting the public perception of infrastructure as the tangible bricks and mortar of roads, railways and river management – and illustrates the need for policy makers to understand mobile’s role in making the UK competitive on a global scale.

In both the public and private sector, the UK faces a variety of challenges. Mobile’s rapidly developing technology is constantly throwing up innovative and original solutions to these problems, yet without the infrastructure to facilitate the technology, the UK’s potential will go unrealised.

Telefonica UK CEO Ronan Dunne, speaking in relation to the report in March, stated that “Since mobile networks were launched over 30 years ago, connectivity has transformed society; from the way we connect to how we spend our leisure time. In that time it has transformed our economy as well, from the way consumers access and pay for goods and services to how leaders shape and lead their organisations. It is having a transformative impact on everything that we do.”

While the National Infrastructure Plan has recognised mobile as a key aspect of the UK’s national infrastructure, the public profile of mobile remains low. Without public urgency to further mobile infrastructure, it is crucial that our policymakers lead the charge, and we hope that this report can represent the first steps.

To read the Essential Infrastructure chapter please click here

To read the Executive Summary of the report please click here