With an annual value of £13.4 billion, the UK has the largest mobile market in Europe, with over has 94 million subscribers.
Three of the world’s top-10 communication giants call the Thames Valley home, including Telefónica O2, Verizon and Vodafone (the first cellular network to launch in the country) – whose UK headquarters are respectively based in Slough, Reading and Newbury.
They are at the pinnacle of a dynamic cluster of businesses and are joined by other famous brands located in-region, including BT; Ericsson; Huawei; Hutchinson 3 Mobile; Siemens and Virgin Media. Overall estimates indicate that there are around 1,000 telecom-related businesses operating in the region.
All of which makes the Thames Valley home to one of the deepest clusters of telecom-based business in the UK
5G Step-Out Centre, Westcott, in Buckinghamshire – an open and accessible centre and development facility that provides convergent multi-access terrestrial and satellite radio network with international standards based network infrastructure.