UK broadband provider, Orange has released a broadband survey that predicts greater population changes in UK cities and regions by 2015 due to increased broadband services and universal broadband access in UK, making the employees to move to their preferred locations.
Digital Britain aims to provide minimum 2Mbps broadband service to everyone in UK by 2012. If UK successfully completes this project, there could be change in UK population map as people would move to lesser populated areas with broadband access, the study reports
According to the findings, some major cities and regions will see their population become less dense. For instance, cities in East and West Midlands and parts of North like Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester which have high-speed internet access facilities will be less populated as 80 percent of residents could move to other regions like mountains or coasts. These regions would provide broadband access in five years from now.
Broadband infrastructure will continue to be upgraded in the coming years. As a result, South West of England will see the population to go up by 150 percent while London will be more poplulated by 40 percent. There will be 50 percent up in the population of Scotland . The study shows that high-speed broadband availability in these areas could develop businesses and thereby increasing the value of residential properties in these regions.
Mobile working would grow with the broadband growth, the study indicates. People who were surveyed preferred flexible working as they found it more productive and convenient. The study also reveals the UK businesses can save up to £31.7 billion by introducing flexible working pattern.
James Bellini, Futurologist says:
“Our research shows that already 39% of people are able to work some or all of the time from a location of their choice and employees are increasingly realising that they can be just as productive working from home or on the move.”
“As connectivity across Britain increases, so too will mobile working, making the traditional office almost obsolete. In fact, by 2020, a successful and forward-looking business will have no HQ, probably no CEO and only a fraction of the fixed assets it has today.”