Britain will see significant economic and social benefits from the introduction of 4G long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband, a leading telecoms firm has claimed.
Research commissioned by Everything Everywhere - the UK parent company of T-Mobile and Orange - believes next-generation mobile broadband can add 0.5 per cent to gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of the decade.
This is the equivalent of another £75 billion per year for the UK economy, the report stated.
Everything Everywhere said LTE broadband can unlock £5.5 billion of direct private investment into the UK economy by 2015, not including the revenue generated through government spectrum auctions.
And the launch of 4G services should help create or safeguard around 125,000 jobs in Britain, the report added.
Crucially, for people living outside the main urban centres, next-generation mobile services should help deliver super-fast connectivity to another ten million people.
Remote communities may not receive super-fast, fixed line connectivity, but the availability of LTE broadband will enable many to use advanced online services.
Report author Mark Pragnell, of Capital Economics, said the introduction of 4G mobile broadband will create "substantial long-term benefits" for the economy and consumers, ultimately boosting UK GDP by as much as half a percentage point.
"The near-term £5.5 billion private industry investment we project is substantial - and opportune for the wider economy given the recent investment slump," he stated.
Olaf Swantee, Chief Executive of Everything Everywhere, said the research highlights the "significant economic and social benefits" that 4G will bring to the UK - already enjoyed in over 30 countries around the world.
"The UK has the highest levels of smartphone penetration and mobile commerce in Europe, and Britons deserve to have the best infrastructure in place to support this growth," he added.