Boosting rural connectivity could add £65.1bn to the UK economy and increase employment by 6.8%, according to research from Cebr for VMO2.
For the manufacturing industry alone, a rural broadband boost could increase business turnover by over 7% and bring an extra £8.8bn to the UK economy.
This could be achieved by enabling greater automation to reduce human error and introducing wearable technology that improves safety and effectiveness.
Around one in six rural manufacturing business decision makers surveyed as part of the report said they would make greater use of technologies such as remote stock checking/inventory management and fleet management technology.
Jeanie York, Chief Technology Officer at Virgin Media O2 said: “The last decade has seen fixed and mobile networks rolled out to new corners of the UK and we are committed to continuing this rollout.”