Businesses and public sector organisations in Swindon could benefit from high-speed mobile internet access after UK Broadband announced it will be providing a 4G service to the borough in the coming months.
The service will go live across a 30 square kilometre area and allow workers to increase their mobile working capabilities by accessing the high-speed network.
The network rollout will also include a fixed point-to-point service that will be the sole use of the councils, while the 4G network will also be used to provide a home broadband service, as the firm's chief executive, Nicolas James, explained to V3.
"Because some areas of Swindon have very slow broadband speeds, often below 2Mbit/s, this service can use its network capacity to offer far in excess of that at 25Mbit/s download and 5Mbit/s upload, in line with the government's next-generation targets," he said.
James explained that the 4G network is expected to come online by 1 October and will run in channels 42 and 43, as defined under worldwide LTE standards, with workers using the service able to turn the connection into a Wi-Fi service by using Mi-Fi devices.
This will enable existing devices in use by employees, such as iPads and iPhones, to run on the network, rather than having to purchase new devices.
James also added that the 4G service could eventually be offered to consumers as a mobile network connection, if secondary firms want to offer the service on a commercial basis.
Hitesh Patel, Swindon Borough Council's board director for transformation, told V3 the organisation was confident the rollout would have numerous benefits for staff across the region.
"We have been looking to make it easier for staff to work on-the-go and access applications with the same sort of connectivity they get in the office, to help increase their productivity and a 4G service will allow that," he said.
"Using video, and the ability to send documents will be increased, and it will also help us reduce our costs by helping us run a more flexible workforce."
The authorities in Swindon will be hoping the projects meets with more success than its last attempt to provide widespread mobile internet access, after a £400,000 investment to a firm called Digital City UK to provide a Wi-Fi network across the city went awry when the firm went bankrupt.
UK Broadband is already rolling out one of the first wholesale 4G networks in the UK in the London borough of Southwark, set to come online in May, also offering a combination of commercial and public services, including home broadband packages.
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