Slow broadband causing havoc for potential remote workers in Cardiff

New research published by global workspace provider Regus has found that nearly a third of professionals in Cardiff are unable to work from home due to slow broadband.
The study, commissioned by Luxembourg-based business, quizzed professionals on their attitudes towards remote working. Around 28 per cent of respondents said poor internet was the biggest hurdle.
Just to compare, the UK average is 27 per cent. Previously, the company found that professionals see the idea of working remotely as beneficial to productivity (53 per cent) and morale (30 per cent).
Inadequate broadband provision in the UK hit the headlines recently when Lord Adonis, the chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, said it’s an area that the country needs to improve on.
Past reports have found that the UK trails behind countries such as the United States, Netherlands and Japan when it comes to 4G and broadband connectivity speeds.
This research, according to Regus, shows that the internet plays a crucial role in remote working. Many of the respondents use internet services such as Dropbox (76 per cent) and Skype (52 per cent) to stay in touch with colleagues.

Richard Morris, UK CEO of Regus, said: “The benefits of remote working are undeniable and the take-up of flexible space in our centres across the UK provides demonstrable evidence that increasing numbers of forward-thinking firms are adopting this model.

“Having access to fast, reliable internet – along with a quiet, professional working space – is one of the essential ingredients for successful remote working.”

Image credit: Ryan Morse