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The rise of coworking

20th November 2023

The rise of coworking in Europe has been a fascinating trend in recent years. As technology has enabled more flexible working arrangements, traditional office setups have given way to innovative shared workspaces. This shift is particularly evident in major European cities where a burgeoning community of freelancers, start-ups, and remote workers has embraced the coworking culture.

Several factors contribute to this rise of coworking. Firstly, the gig economy and a growing number of freelancers have created a demand for flexible workspaces that cater to individuals or small teams. Coworking spaces offer these professionals a more dynamic and collaborative alternative to traditional offices. The start-up ecosystem in Europe has also played a significant role. Many start-ups prefer coworking spaces due to their cost-effectiveness and the networking opportunities they provide – and indeed these spaces often host events, workshops and networking sessions. The concept has evolved way beyond just providing desks and internet access; coworking spaces now focus on creating vibrant communities that promote collaboration and creativity.

There are many coworking providers in Europe – it’s a competitive sector. The top providers try to differentiate themselves by offering a range of facilities and amenities that chime with their members’ often diverse needs. Of course reliable and fast internet connectivity is a fundamental requirement for any work space. As is reliable and fast mobile phone connectivity. The latter, however, is often an afterthought – or not thought about at all.

It’s no surprise we’re encouraged to log on to a building’s Wi-Fi the minute we step through the door – it’s often the only way you’ll get a signal once you’re in the building. But Wi-Fi calling is both limited and full of jeopardy. If the Wi-Fi connection drops or is weak (Wi-Fi gets easily congested), your call will be disconnected – and your call will almost certainly drop when you transition from indoor to outdoor. In the case of an emergency, Wi-Fi calling may not provide accurate location information to the emergency services and may not connect to them in the first place. And of course Wi-Fi networks can be vulnerable to hacking, which means calls and personal information may not be secure when using Wi-Fi calling. 

The disruption to business and sheer inconvenience of having poor or non-existent mobile phone coverage in a building is simply no longer acceptable, because there is a solution to this very common problem. Our in-building mobile connectivity infrastructure guarantees robust, always-on mobile phone coverage for all networks in any building, anywhere. Our systems extend to basement areas, below ground car parks, lifts – in fact anywhere you need mobile connectivity in a building. No more dead signal areas that compromise personal safety, no more redundant spaces that no one wants to use. Just seamless mobile connectivity for everyone, at all times. Why would you settle for anything less, either as a coworking business owner or a user of coworking spaces? 

Building owners that have dragged their heels on delivering in-building mobile connectivity throughout their portfolio are already counting the cost in lost tenants. The logistics and cost of providing mobile connectivity throughout a building are both much simpler and more appealing than many people think. Our business model allows us to fund all of the upfront capital costs and to charge an annual fee for our service, thus taking away the need for often significant capital expenditure from our customers. We cover all the survey costs, undertake all the installation and ongoing maintenance work as part of our contract. It’s a no hassle solution that we’re proud to be rolling out with one of the leading coworking space providers in Europe.

Find out more about our innovative approach to in-building mobile connectivity here.

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