The Mobile Access North Yorkshire (MANY) project is a consortium of organisations including: Quickline Communications Ltd; North Yorkshire County Council; Universities of York and Lancaster as well as a number of Small to Medium Enterprises who specialise in bringing mobile technology to rural communities – Flo-culture; Cybermoor; Wireless Coverage; and Safenetics.
The project is part of a wider Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) 5G test bed and trials programme and is looking at how mobile access can connect people, thereby improving lives, in areas of little or no current connectivity.
Working with the local community the project aims to unlock the potential of these areas by proving that mobile access can help support rural communities, both socially and economically, as well as influencing future national direction of rural connectivity.
Specifically, the MANY project will explore and highlight how mobile access connects people by:
• improving wellbeing and mental health, specifically loneliness
• boosting tourism opportunities
• providing mission critical support for the emergency services network
• enhancing the safety of the area through environmental monitoring
• providing a better mobile signal
• offering a quicker home broadband speed