4G ‘to benefit business before consumers’

4G ‘to benefit business before consumers’

The introduction of the 4G network in the UK will benefit businesses, before consumers, according to one industry expert.

Michel Robert, Claranet's UK managing director, said that 4G will not provide consumers with what they desire due to poor battery life, but that business users will experience "real and immediate" improvements.

"4G absolutely kills mobile batteries: a combination of the increased processing power required for data-intensive communications, and the need to switch between 4G and 3G networks in areas of patchy coverage," he said.

He noted that businesses will be able to utilise a 4G-enabled router to access cheap, fast and effective backup connectivity, which will step in if there is any disruption to their main network.

The expert noted that the implications for companies could be immediate as the devices will use mains power, meaning battery life is not an issue.

A 4G LTE network will become available in London, Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham in the coming weeks, with Edinburgh, Belfast, Derby, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Southampton set to follow suit by the end of the year.