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This week in mobility – October 31st

October 31, 2014

If there was ever an advert for the centrality of high-speed internet in our everyday lives, it’s the fact that one in five of us would be willing to pay more for a house with a faster connection. But what’s perhaps most revealing from the Halifax sponsored survey is that it highlights that superfast internet is accepted as the norm on our mobiles, with our home connection playing second fiddle.

There’s been a wealth of mobility stories this week, so let’s take a look at the best:

  • As part of the Government’s drive to make the UK as digitally connected as possible it has been announced that over 1,000 public buildings up and down the country will be fitted with free WiFi spots.  From the local library to your favourite museum – the move is part of the super-connected cities scheme and is expected to be complete by March 2015.
  • If you thought 4G was fast, then get ready for ‘4G+’… the EE initiative allows users to reach speeds of up to 150Mbps by using the operator’s new LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network. The only caveat for now is that you must have a Cat 6 LTE device and be based in central London. However, it will be available to all of Greater London by next summer before being rolled out to major cities across the UK.
  • According to recent research nearly half of UK business owners claim poor mobile performance is damaging their business. A staggering 99% of those surveyed said they’d suffered an important business call drop out. The results are particularly shocking in an age where businesses invest more in mobile devices than traditional office equipment – highlighting the increased reliance on mobile devices.
  • If watching cat videos over the shoulder of a fellow passenger on your morning commute is common practice then you’re not going to be shocked to hear that YouTube’s Chief Exec Susan Wojcicki has confirmed that half of all YouTube views come from mobile devices. What’s most interesting however is that they’re considering re-implementing a subscription model to counter ad revenue, despite it initially flopping last year – it’ll be interesting to see what route they decide on.

Let us know your thoughts on this week’s mobility news roundup. Are you affected by poor mobile signal and is this impacting your company?  Will free WiFi help make UK cities more attractive places to do business?  Would you actually pay more for a house with faster internet?

Let us know by commenting below or tweeting me personally at @GrahamFranklin or Cisco at @CiscoUKI.


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  1. so where is the link to the cisoc device that support 4g+?

    • Graham Franklin

      Hi Johny. Where would 4G+ integration into Cisco solutions help you most? We’d be delighted to share our road-map, under NDA, if you have a project we can help with?