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Effective connectivity isn’t a given for many business locations. That’s why we’ve been working across the market with building owners, landlords, managing agents, and individual tenants to develop a portfolio that works for UK businesses, regardless of their built environment.

“Poor connectivity within our shopping centre locations impacts our customer experience, particularly when the store teams are completing finance agreements when the final stage requires it to be sent to a customer’s email for approval. Because mobile coverage is also poor, the customer either has to connect to our customer WiFi or a shopping centre WiFi, all of which are restricted due to bandwidth issues.

Poor bandwidth also causes frustration in-store for back office activities, and for accessing training materials from our key suppliers, especially where video content is used.”

IT Manager, National Jewellery Brand

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Shopping Centres

Typically owned by large operators with managing agents, shopping centres often have an estates team on-site responsible for infrastructure and connectivity and a central comms room.

You’ll have some legacy infrastructure, including lifts, emergency alarms, and CCTV, that may be supported by copper lines; the upcoming 2025 UK copper switch-off necessitates an upgrade to fibre to ensure uninterrupted service.

With growing trends in automation to support customer experience, you may already use or are looking to adopt technologies such as ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) parking systems. These systems require robust connectivity for real-time data processing and management.

Meanwhile, across all retail markets, your tenants will grow reliant on stable, high-speed internet for various functions such as payments, database reconciliation, security systems, and in-store Wi-Fi.

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Multi-occupier Business Units

Multi-occupier Business Units

Office blocks containing multiple business units, each housing different companies, are commonplace in high-density urban centres.

They typically involve complex infrastructures with varying connectivity needs across different offices, and infrastructure can be difficult to navigate. Negotiating access for installation and maintenance can be challenging due to the multiple stakeholders involved. It requires clear agreements and often complex logistics.

Each business may have different IT infrastructure demands and security protocols, which need tailored connectivity solutions.

It means flexible network solutions should be available to tenants, whether startups needing basic internet access to firms requiring high bandwidth, low latency and enhanced network and endpoint security.

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Retail parks

Retail parks

Situated out of town or on the edge of town, often accessible via major roads, retail parks often comprise separate buildings, each housing different large retail brands.

Typical tenants can include major retail chains, often including department stores, supermarkets, and speciality stores.

Due to their peripheral locations, these parks might face challenges with existing telecoms infrastructure, often resulting in limited connectivity options. Meanwhile, separate buildings may require individual connections, complicating the deployment of a unified network infrastructure.

Connectivity Requirements lean toward high bandwidth and service reliability, supporting the high volume of transactions, warehouse automation, and data usage such as inventory management, sales processing, and customer service operations.

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Industrial parks and estates

Industrial parks and estates

Typically situated in out-of-town industrial areas and often not prioritised for high-speed connectivity infrastructure. They consist of standalone units that can house call centres, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, or logistics companies.

Operations vary, sometimes involving heavy machinery, large-scale logistics, and extensive warehousing, through to multiple user demands, all requiring robust and reliable connectivity.

Existing infrastructure may not support high-speed, reliable internet, which is critical for modern industrial operations. The geographic spread and isolation of units can complicate the deployment of consistent and unified network solutions across the entire park.

High bandwidth, low latency and a reliable and secure network are vital. They support complex operations, including real-time data processing, IoT devices, and cloud-based applications.

They also need the ability to upgrade and expand network capabilities as businesses grow and their technology needs evolve.

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