BUSINESS connectivity in Worcester is among the best in the country, according to a new study.

The national study by Global Wireless Solutions has placed Worcester in the top five cities in the country for mobile business connectivity, outperforming cities including Birmingham, Manchester and London.

Worcester ranks third in list of British cities for mobile business usage, while London languishes in 25th place.

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With coronavirus causing a huge spike in remote working across the UK, the findings further reveal that the majority of British businesses now consider reliable mobile performance to be critical for enabling effective home working for their employees.

According to the study, more than half of British businesses want more reliable mobile connectivity to enable better remote working for employees.

Operators already largely deliver on business expectations for speed, but patchy coverage and dropped calls are reported by many as persistent issues interrupting business activities

Dr. Paul Carter, CEO of GWS, said: “Networks play a critical role in enabling businesses to function both inside and outside of the office, and over the last few weeks it’s clear that operators are really helping to keep the country going.

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"Whilst it’s encouraging to see many cities across the country performing well when we tested before the current crisis, in today’s current economic climate, the ability for businesses everywhere to function effectively remotely is more important than ever before.

"The business world we know has changed dramatically over the last few weeks, and those businesses who were not already offering remote working options have been forced to do so.

"It’s therefore crucial that operators understand how businesses are using, and want to use, their network so they can provide services that meet their needs.

"Operators must focus on not only on ensuring their network speeds remain adequate but also on ensuring consistent reliability across the country.

"That way, businesses will be able to continue to offer remote seamless working solutions without compromising on productivity.”