A company set up to run a mobile phone network in a British colony will operate in a different country.
Key points:AAPL-owned Bell Mobile says it has been contacted by the UK government and has agreed to set up shop in ScotlandThe company says it plans to launch in Scotland’s First Minister’s constituencyThe company has said it is a “highly-regarded company” with a strong brand and it will be based in Edinburgh Bell Mobile will have its own communications network and call centerThe company said it would provide mobile phones for the Commonwealth and would also offer services such as online and local services.
It said it has spoken to the UK’s Ministry of Defence, which is responsible for the Defence Force, the Defence and Security Agency and the Department for Exiting the European Union.
“The Commonwealth Government has asked us to do all that we can to make sure we can remain in Scotland on Independence Day,” Bell said in a statement.
“We have been contacted in the UK by the Government and the company has agreed on terms and conditions.”‘
It’s a huge honour’Bell said it had spoken to senior Scottish officials and the Government had confirmed that it was a highly-regrated company.
“This decision will benefit the Commonwealth as a whole, which we believe has a huge future in Scotland,” the company said.
The company is also set to begin work with a business partner in Scotland, the company’s chief executive, Neil Jones, said.
“It’s the first of many to come in the future,” he said.
Bell said the company had secured a licence to operate in Scotland and it planned to use its expertise to provide a secure communications network.
“If there is a need, we can work with other providers to do so,” he added.
“There are many areas of the UK where we are not a part of the Commonwealth but we want to be a part if we can.”‘
The Commonwealth has a long way to go’The company, which was set up by two former Commonwealth ambassadors, said it was looking to raise funds to start the business.
“To do so, we have been in discussions with a number of other Commonwealth Governments,” Mr Jones said.”[But] to date, the Commonwealth Government and I have been unable to reach an agreement.”
But we will continue to work with the Government to resolve this as soon as possible.
“Bell is set to launch a mobile network for the British Commonwealth on the anniversary of the end of the British empire.
It plans to provide phones for a range of purposes including internet services and local communication.
Mr Jones said the Commonwealth had a long ways to go.”
A number of Commonwealth countries have been around for a very long time and we’re just starting to see some of those areas of Commonwealth engagement in Scotland in the current period,” he told ABC Radio Scotland’s PM program.”
I’m confident that the Commonwealth can still be a significant force in the Commonwealth in many areas.