Superfast mobile broadband in the borough

By published 6 January, 2014 No Comments

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council has welcomed the switch on of cutting edge 4G mobile services from mobile network EE in Redcar making the town amongst the best connected places in Europe.

Superfast 4G mobile services also known as LTE – are on average five times faster than 3G services and are expected to make the area even more attractive for local residents and businesses, enabling them to do more on their smartphones and tablets while on the move.

EE, which also runs the Orange and T-Mobile brands in the UK, is currently the only mobile operator in the UK offering superfast 4G mobile.

Independent research has found that 4G is likely to drive economic growth locally by improving business productivity and helping businesses increase mobile-commerce, while also allowing residents to quickly and easily access social network sites, stream TV and music, and access government, banking, shopping and other online services on the go.

Mark Hannon, the council’s cabinet member for economic development, said the arrival of 4G in Redcar makes the seaside town one of the best connected areas in the UK.

Councillor Hannon said: “We have already seen a great deal of services go online and now there is increased demand for people to be able to access them, on the move. “The arrival of 4G to Redcar makes the area an even more attractive place to live and do business and we want to see the entire borough covered in next years full roll-out.”

Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, said: “I’m delighted that 4G is arriving in Redcar, and am looking forward to seeing it make a big difference for residents and businesses in the area. 4G will change the way that people use their smartphones, tablets and mobile Wi-Fi, both for work and for pleasure.”

4G mobile from EE is now available in 160 towns and cities across the UK by Christmas 2013, and EE is aiming for 98 per cent of the population to be covered by the end of 2014.

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