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Mobile broadband coverage ‘could shorten the working day’

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More than half of all mobile workers believe that blanket connectivity on the move can significantly shorten their working day, it has been reported.

Research conducted by Virgin Media Business found that 54 per cent of respondents see productivity gains from wider mobile broadband coverage.

Employees believe increased mobile coverage would provide a secure link to the office to help access emails more easily (79 per cent).

And 46 per cent said it would help them deal with work-related emergencies more quickly.

Tony Grace, chief operating officer of Virgin Media Business, noted that mobile connections to the internet are getting better by the day.

“Commuters in London can now access Wi-Fi under the streets of the city at multiple stations on the Underground network,” he said.

“In time, we’ll be able to check-in at the office, social networking sites, or simply contact friends and family everywhere we go.”

Mr Grace claimed that as the lines between our work and personal devices blur, the temptation is to never switch off and constantly check emails or work on a document.

“Because of this 24-hour demand for data on the move, we’ve seen the amount of data consumed on our network jump to 765 billion individual bits of data being transferred every second,” he added.

“Even if we’re shortening our working days by working on the move, it’s actually creating a false economy if we’re constantly fretting over our smartphone throughout the day and night.”

Mr Grace said the key is “getting the balance right” and enjoying the reassurance that if people do need to read an important email or deal with an emergency on the move, then they can.