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With the UK’s population growing by more than 500,000 people each year, pressure is building on the property industry to meet rising demand. More people inevitably leads to more businesses, and it’s down to developers to provide homes and headquarters for everyone.
However, it’s not enough to simply erect new towers and estates without any further thought. Occupants’ evolving needs must be considered and, at present, one of the most pressing is, undoubtedly, connectivity.
Connectivity is crucial
The ability to use mobile devices within a building – whether for voice calls or data – is not a luxury. It’s an essential feature that allows people to communicate and companies to work efficiently and effectively.
This has been true for some time already, but the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend continues to grow rapidly in the corporate world, with landline communication already a legacy technology for some forward-thinking organisations.
As businesses and employees increase their reliance on mobile technologies, the buildings they occupy must be ready to accommodate. That’s where Arqiva’s In-Building solutions come in.
From the beginning
It’s been necessary in recent years to upgrade many buildings across the country to make them compatible with the demands of modern consumers, businesses and employees. However, complex and costly retrofit projects aren’t necessary when you’re able to give connectivity the attention it deserves right at the start.
Developers are in the unique position of being able to plan ahead rather than adapt what’s already in place, and doing so properly is the best way to keep costs low and long-term revenues high. Connected infrastructure – such as Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) - should be accounted for at the project’s earliest stages wherever possible, taking the same precedence as water, electricity and gas supplies.
By considering mobile connectivity early on, you can avoid budgeting issues further down the line. You also increase your property’s value in the minds of prospective tenants; they can move in knowing the building is truly ready.
Every building is different, and some can present challenges when it comes to delivering connectivity. The make-up of larger structures like apartment blocks and business centres, for instance, often involve materials that prevent signals from reaching people and their devices inside.
In this instance, we might look to install the necessary infrastructure within the property itself.
Our extensive experience allows us to work in an agile way, and means we’re ready to overcome the obstacles at which other providers might stumble.
Why work with Arqiva?
No other telecommunications infrastructure provider can match Arqiva’s experience – we’ve been delivering effective connectivity solutions for years, and it shows.
We’re already trusted by the developers behind some of the most high-profile projects in the UK, including Canary Wharf, and we’re getting involved in new projects all the time.
Our understanding of the technologies we use is unrivalled. It means we can support you on the whole journey, instead of just providing a solution ready for the present and leaving you to pick up the pieces when it later becomes redundant.
What’s more, we have no allegiances to other telecoms providers and pride ourselves on being the UK’s largest neutral-host vendor. The cellular system we install in your venue can be used by any of the major network providers to deliver their services. Every customer of every provider is catered for, so there are no restrictions for you, the eventual occupants or their employees.
The Arqiva experience
Our goal through all of this is to set you up for success and deliver the best possible customer experience, and achieving that begins on day one. We’ll advise on what technologies you’d benefit from and where they’ll need to be set up. We can then help you get the most out of your investment throughout the installation and beyond, being on hand to help at all times.
As times change, so too do our solutions. We build systems ready for the future, and we’re always ready to adapt to your needs and circumstances. Find out more by getting in touch today.
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