Operator joint venture becomes founding member of digital literacy charity as they look to get more people using the internet
Everything Everywhere has become a founding member of Go ON UK in an attempt to get more people online. It will deliver a number of initiatives in stores and in the community, starting later this year, to encourage people to get online.
Everything Everything is the only UK mobile operator among the eight founding partners, which include the Lloyds Banking Group, EON, the Post Office and Age UK.
According to the ONS Labour Force Survey from February 2012, up to 8.1 million Britons have never used the internet and around 14 million use the internet infrequently.
Separately, the Ofcom Communications Market Report from last August stated that nine out of ten people in the UK now own a mobile and one in seven households are now mobile-only.
Everything Everywhere also recently announced plans to invest £1.5 billion on updating mobile infrastructure and rolling out 4G services this year, subject to regulatory approval.
It said this will provide faster and more reliable mobile internet connectivity for individuals and businesses, particularly those in rural areas or social housing, that don’t have access to high speed broadband at home.
Everything Everywhere CEO Olaf Swantee (pictured) said: “With more than 20 million people in the UK rarely or never using the internet, it’s clear more needs to be done to ensure people have access to a good connection and understand the value it can bring to their lives.
“Everything Everywhere is committed to addressing both elements of this equation, investing £1.5bn in bringing fast 4G mobile networks to the UK as soon as possible and supporting Go ON UK in building digital skills across the country.”
Go IN UK founder Martha Lane Fox said: “Everything Everywhere is vital to the work we’re doing. Through its valuable support of Go ON UK, it is investing in the digital future of the country by ensuring we have the infrastructure and expertise to compete in tomorrow’s world.
“Mobile internet has the ability to help revolutionise how SMEs grow and can transform the way charities deliver their frontline services. We are delighted to be working with such a great British company that supports our society and economy by bringing the benefits of digital connectivity to individuals and organisations across the UK.”