UK’s first ‘provincial’ mobile network launched in Wales
A small tech business is set to turn on the first full-scale mobile network designed for people living and working in Wales.
It’ll become the first time that a UK-based telecoms network has been developed for a specific country based on the needs of its people and infrastructure.
Wales-based telco RWG Mobile has been working on the network over a 12 months period. Set to go live on July 18th, users will be able to access it via an app and make calls over the internet.
As well as this, there’s the ability to register five different phone numbers under multiple profiles, such as personal and work calls, on a single smartphone or tablet.
Customers will be supported by a customer service team based in Wales. They’re able to speak to customers in both Welsh and English, catering for everyone.
RWG Mobile is the creation of Andrew Davies, a qualified accountant born in Rhondda. He has experience negotiating, launching and running successful telecoms businesses in the UK, Europe and the USA.
After working on the launch of a leading UK mobile virtual network operator, Andrew moved back to Wales so he could develop his own telecommunications business.
He said: “If you think of a European country, you will be able to easily identify its mobile network, like France Telecom, Deutsche Telecom or Eircom.
“No other country in the UK has its own mobile network, so we set out to create a communications provider that reflects and understands the needs of the Welsh population.
“RWG Mobile will compete head-on with the big mobile network operators in Wales, matching them in areas like connection speeds, international dialling and call rates but providing a user experience, customer service support and additional benefits that have a distinct Welsh identity.”
Initially, accounts using the app and sim will operate on pay-as-you-go tariffs which can be topped up with credit online or via the app. Pay monthly plans will be unveiled in the near future.
Davies believes that a mobile network for the people of Wales is long overdue and that RWG is filling a large gap in the market based on the increasing uptake of mobile technology.
“The Digital Wales Programme was created by the Welsh Government in 2010 to make us a digital nation and, while there has been progress in some areas like the rollout of high speed broadband, other areas are still lagging behind,” he said.
“A Welsh mobile network is just part of the digital jigsaw but one that we hope will provide a catalyst for further developments in infrastructure and services that will provide the people of Wales with more opportunities to become better connected and enjoy the benefits that today’s technologies can offer.”