According to Ofcom director of Research, James Thickett, the mass market roll out of 4G services will see businesses swapping traditional fixed line broadband services for 4G connectivity.
“Smartphones have not been a substitute for fixed broadband yet, but with 4G coming in, we will start to see this happen.”
What are your views on this? Do you understand what 4G could do for your business beyond giving you a fast speed data network (the only benefit the current provider EE seem to focus on)? Have you considered the productivity gains that remote working can bring to your company?
Would a balance of the two, fixed data and 4G, suit you better? Please share your thoughts.
Thanks to Mobile News Magazine for the quotes from Mr Thickett.
Vodafone announced the 29th August 2013 will see the launch of their UK 4G network in London.
Unsurprisingly this is the same day as the launch of the O2 4G network, but I guess after seeing EE given special permission to launch their network a year earlier they were not particularly keen to see any of their other rivals steal a march on them.
The network will go live in central London on the 29th August with at least a further 10 cities planned for launch before the end of the calendar year, this will leave Vodafone customers in Surrey and Hampshire waiting a little longer for the new superfast service but it gives us a good opportunity to evaluate its impact on cell sites and therefore signal coverage.
It is important to assess this point first as there are many reports of Orange and T-Mobile customers suffering widespread problems with signal coverage since the launch of the EE 4G network. I wouldn’t want any of our customers experiencing the same unnecessarily.
Let’s look at the positives of 4G:
The speeds achievable are far in excess of current 3G speeds, what does this mean for business? Here are two examples.
1) More productive mobile working as staff can download and access hosted solutions and files much faster
2) A genuine, flexible emergency broadband service for your office if the fixed line system fails.
Get in touch with us to plan how your business can benefit from the 4G network.
The news from the government that discussions with Vodafone and O2 are in flow regarding the roll out of the 4G spectrum is refreshing, I feared a nasty legal battle with restrictions going in place instructed by European courts to prevent any 4G service in the UK until it was an equal playing field.
It would seem that the majority of us may see the faster speeds that 4G is capable of much sooner than we first expected with the summer of 2013 being touted as a popular timeframe for UK wide availability.
To check out the speeds it is capable of have a look at this video courtesy of the tech team at The Daily Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/9582448/4G-vs-3G-mobile-networks-go-head-to-head-in-iPhone-5-speed-test.html
The other great news is that the 4G spectrum auction is set to raise £2-£4 billion for the exchequer, oh hang, who is in control of that??