Business leaders: 4G is essential for UK competitiveness


Survey of influential business people shows 86 per cent believe 4G would increase productivity and help protect jobs

Over 90 per cent of UK business leaders want 4G technology rolled out as soon as possible to ensure the UK stays competitive and to protect jobs, according to an independent survey commissioned by Everything Everywhere.

Of the 1,010 senior decision makers interviewed by research company Coleman Parkes, 86 per cent said that access to a 4G network would increase productivity, 93 per cent wanted it rolled out as soon as possible and 94 per cent believed the UK needs it to stay competitive and protect jobs.

Researchers also asked respondents what they believed the main benefit of 4G would be, with just over half answering ‘greater levels of flexible working’ and 29 per cent citing the ‘ability to engage with customers and colleagues through channels including mobile TV, video conferencing and customer relations management applications’.

Everything Everywhere vice president of B2B Martin Stiven said: “In today’s global economy, UK businesses need 4G networks to help them be more productive and competitive on an international stage. Half of the countries on the G20 list of the world’s biggest economies already have 4G, leaving British businesses at risk of falling behind.”

The survey of a cross-section of businesses, ranging from those with 1-250 employees to those with over 1,000, also found that 72 per cent of bosses access the internet from their mobile devices on a daily basis.