4G makes a splash at MWC

4G makes a splash at MWC

The rise of 4G has been ongoing for a number of years, with the Ofcom auction of the spectrum needed to provide the service running in the background for a prolonged period of time.

However, the auction was recently completed and the communications watchdog announced successful bidders, which has created a buzz around the technology once again, particularly at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Delegates from a host of mobile network providers attended the event to discuss the possibilities for the technology.

Mike Dee, chief executive of Manx Telecom, told Isleofman.com: "4G represents a massive leap forward in technology which can bring significant benefits for businesses and consumers."

He added that the successful trials of 4G around the UK means it is no surprise that it dominated discussions in Barcelona.

4G offers the potential to provide super-fast mobile broadband with speeds comparable to those currently only available on fixed-line broadband, making it much easier for employees to work on the move, a trend which is continuing to grow rapidly.

It will also allow companies the ability to run video conferencing on location and upload large work documents in a fraction of the time that it would have taken through 3G.

Vodafone is one mobile network provider that has secured some of the spectrum auctioned by Ofcom at the end of last month and it is hoping to have its 4G services up and running in the coming months, which it believes will improve the service it can offer businesses.

Phone signal is expected to improve for those employees that conduct enterprise activity through their smartphones, which should go a long way to boosting productivity and efficiency within organisations.

The company spent a total of £802.8 million on securing its share of the airwaves, after upping its spend by £12 million following an invitation by the communications watchdog to do so.

While the UK is just getting to grips with the launch of 4G, the vice-president of the European Commission (EC) responsible for the digital agenda, Neelie Kroes, urged nations to focus on research into 5G networks, which could be the next major mobile technology.