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Today’s 4G launch offers mobile working boost

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4G mobile services have gone live in 11 cities around the UK, meaning mobile workers may be able to operate more productively in many locations.

From today (October 30th 2012), professional people in 11 UK cities have the opportunity to sign up for 4G mobile services.

Broadband provider EE – the UK parent company of Orange and T-Mobile – is now offering super-fast mobile broadband in some of Britain’s most important business centres.

In a move which will confer new mobile working opportunities, the firm has set its 4G network live in Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Southampton.

As a result, the number of people able to work productively on the move is set to increase – potentially leading to further changes within the workplace.

EE has launched 4G mobile services in the 1,800MHz spectrum, having been given permission by Ofcom to do so earlier this year.

The result of this – from a user’s perspective – is much faster internet speeds on the move, the ability to download large files and attachments much quicker, and the ability to make video calls from a mobile device.

Smartphone and media tablet users will have access to a much wider range of competencies, which could help them to operate effectively when they are away from the office.

According to EE, today’s launch is “just the start” as the firm’s 4G coverage will expand by 2,000 square miles every month.

This means the service will be available in a further five cities before Christmas, with more cities and rural locations planned for 2013.

Some 98 per cent of the UK population is due to be covered by the end of 2014.

And with Ofcom auctioning off spectrum in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz frequency bands by the end of 2012, other providers will soon be able to offer 4G services as well.

This should see the number of mobile workers with access to super-fast mobile broadband services increase rapidly in the UK.