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Birmingham is one of the first cities to benefit from the revolutionary rollout of the UK’s first ever 4G network, creating history with the arrival of EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company.
The 4G launch marks a major leap forward in the second city’s digital landscape, as EE is investing £20.8M in its network in Birmingham alone, creating a smarter and better connected city for people who live and work across the region.
Residents and businesses across the city’s central conurbation area will be among the first in the UK to experience EE’s pioneering superfast mobile service and fixed-line Fibre Broadband. Other launch cities include London, Manchester, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Southampton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff.
The new 4G facility offers speeds typically five times faster than 3G, incredible services and a range of state-of-the-art devices to ensure all customers get the most out of the superfast network.
The introduction of 4G to the UK represents a massive £1.5bn investment to upgrade and update the network, and is forecast to create 125,000 new jobs across Britain.
According to a survey amongst Birmingham based businesses, commissioned by EE, 73% are planning on rolling out 4G across their workforce within the next 12 months, and once operational 79% are looking to increase mobile working among employees. 64% of businesses are also keen to use 4G for video conferencing on the move.
Commenting on the Birmingham launch, Jin Singh, store manager at EE’s flagship city centre outlet in Corporation Street explained:
“The arrival of 4G is the most exciting mobile technological advancement to date and has been greatly anticipated by our customers for several years.
“Its arrival will impact on mobile users’ lifestyle as the advantages of the new 4G network are simply phenomenal, providing users with unrivalled quality and speed of web access on the go immediately. This means that high-definition movies can be downloaded in minutes, live TV can be watched on the go, high quality video calls can be made on the move and large email attachments downloaded in a flash,” he added.