4G roll-out good news for contractors

EE has launched the UK’s first 4G mobile network, called 4GEE, allowing for on average five times faster mobile network browsing speeds than 3G.

UK contractors and freelancers might find life a little easier over the next few months as Everything Everywhere (EE) continues to roll out its 4G installations across the country.

EE introduced Britain’s first 4G network last year after receiving approval to re-use surplus 2G airwaves. The network plans to cover more than 65 towns by June, in an attempt to extend its lead on rivals before they enter the market mid-year.

EE chief executive Olaf Swantee is quoted as saying EE is set to cover more than half of the UK population by summer and that they aim to be providing 4G to 98% of the UK populations by the end of 2014. The company has also unveiled plans to build additional 4G towers to boost the network’s capacity. “Combined with our fibre broadband and revolutionary service model we have a pioneering and unique offer to customers across the UK – superfast speeds in the home, superfast speeds on the move and expert service on nearly every high street in Britain.”

The next 35 towns on EE’s schedule to be completed by June are:

  • Aldershot
  • Ashford
  • Basildon
  • Basingstoke
  • Blackpool
  • Bradford
  • Bracknell
  • Camberley
  • Colchester
  • Crawley
  • Doncaster
  • Dudley
  • Farnborough
  • Guildford
  • Horsham
  • Huddersfield
  • Leatherhead
  • Leicester
  • Luton
  • Maidstone
  • Milton Keynes
  • Oldham
  • Oxford
  • Reading
  • Redhill
  • Reigate
  • Sevenoaks
  • St Albans
  • Stevenage
  • Tonbridge
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Warrington
  • West Bromwich
  • Wigan
  • Woking

While the 4G packages are significantly more expensive than 3G, the advantage to contractors far outweighs the costs. Connectivity while on the go means you are never out of contact, and won’t risk losing work because you can’t access your email, answer questions, send CVs or quote on jobs.

For any advice on contracting umbrella services, visit www.1stcontact-umbrella.com.