New independent research of more than a thousand business leaders carried out by Coleman Parkes has found that 93% of UK businesses want 4G rolled out as soon as possible, with 94% of the senior decision makers saying the UK needs it to remain competitive and protect jobs.

The survey, commissioned by Everything Everywhere, also found that 86% of business leaders believe that access to a 4G network will increase their business productivity.

Martin Stiven, Vice President of B2B, Everything Everywhere commented: “In today’s global economy, UK businesses need 4G networks to help them be more productive and compete on the global stage. Half of the countries on the G20 list of the world’s biggest economies already have 4G, leaving Britain business at risk of falling behind rivals.”

Additional survey findings include:

• Mobile devices are becoming essential to the working lives of Britons, with 72% of business leaders using the mobile internet on a daily basis for work purposes, such as checking email or accessing documents. Nine out of ten do this at least once a week.

• Over half of respondents (52%) cite greater levels of flexible working as the primary expected benefit of a 4G network.

• Nearly a third (29%) of respondents recognise that the ability to engage with customers and colleagues over a variety of channels (including mobile TV, video conferencing, and through CRM applications) is the main benefit they expect from 4G.

• 27% of respondents say that the ability to securely update and access documents in the cloud would be what they will benefit most from if a 4G network was rolled out in the UK.

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