How the 4G revolution could change small firms

How the 4G revolution could change small firms

This week saw confirmation from Ofcom that various mobile spectrums will now be made free, allowing carriers to pick which service they choose to run on them.

The measures will mean that 4G can now be rolled out on 900MHz, 1800 MHz and 21000 MHz bands, with carriers able to make the choice as to whether they want to run 2G, 3G or 4G.

The aim of the new regulations, which were first proposed by the organisation back in February is to ensure that the latest mobile technology can be deployed as quickly as possible.

It will also remove the need for carriers to go through any further processes when moving 4G technology onto new brands.

Vodafone and O2, which have already fallen behind EE in setting up a superfast nationwide 4G network, are both expected to benefit from the move

A spokesman from Vodafone told Tech Radar: "This is part of Ofcom's stated ambition to move towards being technology-neutral when it comes to licensed spectrum. This has long been trailed and is the last step towards achieving that ambition."

The spread of 4G is expected to not only have a positive impact for carriers, but also for consumers and businesses.

In a column for the Daily Telegraph, consumer technology editor Matt Warman stated that he believes easier access, combined with improvements in the speed of service, will help to revolutionise the way in which small enterprises go about their businesses.

He explained: "4G will finally make it possible to easily ditch the weird combination between landline phone, mobile and internet involved in working from home or away from the office. A 3G dongle, thus far, has been a poor substitute; 4G does the job."

He added that it would therefore not be long until small firms start to question whether they need to spend large amounts of money on a phone line in order to connect to the internet, when the speed of such a service could in fact be slower than the mobile device in their pocket.