EE’s substantial investment in 4G will be a boon for public services and will help local authorities ease the housing crisis, the broadband provider and mobile phone network claims.
At the launch of a suite of new products targeted at businesses, public services and local authorities, EE CEO Olaf Swantee claimed 4G technology has the potential to cut the number of missed appointments at NHS Trusts and GPs by 65%. That could mean annual savings of up to £585 million.
Social housing builders and schemes could also benefit because 4G means construction sites can be connected to a reliable, fast broadband service in three days, allowing homes to be constructed more quickly, Olaf claims. Connecting a fixed line service takes up to 30 days.
Police forces who have embraced 4G technology are already becoming more efficient, EE said. Staffordshire Police claims 4G connectivity could save 250,000 hours of front line staff time per year, which equates to more than 100 officers on the beat.
Swantee said: “We’ve shown what 4G can do for consumers, and now businesses and the public sector are using the quality and reliability of the network that we’ve built to boost the UK economy and tackle some of the biggest issues facing Britain today.
“The impact of 4G adoption on vital UK services is incredibly powerful. Helping the NHS and Emergency Services provide better service to the community, more cost effectively, is exactly the type of real world benefit that our world-leading mobile network enables.
“That’s why we’re launching our new capabilities for these sectors and helping them prepare for the Internet of Things future where everything is connected.”
EE’s determination to make the business and economic case for 4G came as it unveiled a range of new products based on super-fast mobile connectivity.
Among these was a 4G streaming camera dubbed 4GEE Capture Cam and 4G Public WiFi In a Box, which is easy to set up and is tailored to comply with regulations that govern provision of a public wireless system.
It also showcased the EE Connect Internet of Things platform, which is intended to enable customers to “connect, manage and report on millions of connections in the UK and around the world”, and outlined plans for trials of 5G technology capable of broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps in the first half of 2016.