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 The Spending Review and Autumn Statement was delivered to Parliament today and included £1 billion to be spent on 4G communications for the police and other emergency services.

4G Emergency Services Network

Known as ESN (Emergency Services Network) the new 4G network is designed to allow police officers and other emergency services personnel to undertake more tasks away from the office, enabling them to spend more time in the field and ultimately saving the taxpayer money.

According to Chancellor George Osborne, who delivered the Spending Review, “The Spending Review invests nearly £1 billion in the next generation of 4G communications network for the Emergency Services which will enable officers to access key police databases, take mobile fingerprints and electronic witness statements and stream live body worn video – all whilst on the move. This critical national infrastructure will free up officers’ time, save the taxpayer around £1 million a day when fully operational and connect all emergency services on the same broadband network for the first time.”

4G network provider EE has apparently won the contract for the new service, which will gradually replace Airwave, the current purpose-built national radio system that was set up in 2000. Airwave serves around 300,000 police and fire crew but is thought to be too costly and unable to provide services such as video streaming that the emergency service find valuable. The new ESN will be hosted on EE’s existing 4G infrastructure and will be ready for use during 2017. Emergency services will gradually migrate to the new network and the Airwave system is due to be switched off in 2020.

The bidding process for the network was controversial as all bidders other than EE dropped out for reasons of technical difficulties and short timescales. O2, EE’s main competitor, dropped out earlier in the year following its acquisition by Hutchinson, the owner of the Three network.

In line with this development, EE has announced a number of new mobile technologies such as Connected Vehicle, which will allow police and emergency services vehicles to become wireless hotspots that a variety of devices can be connected to, and the 4GEE Capture Cam, a wearable camera that will allow live streaming of high definition video. The network is already working with Staffordshire Police and estimates that deploying 4G services could save this particular force 250,000 front-line staff hours per year, which equates to around 100 officers on the beat.

According to Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, “We’ve shown what 4G can do for consumers, and now businesses and the public sector are using the quality and reliability of the network that we’ve built to boost the UK economy and tackle some of the biggest issues facing Britain today. The impact of 4G adoption on vital UK services is incredibly powerful. Helping the NHS and Emergency Services provide better service to the community, more cost effectively, is exactly the type of real world benefit that our world-leading mobile network enables. That’s why we’re launching our new capabilities for these sectors and helping them prepare for the IoT future where everything is connected.”

4G Emergency Services Network Announced

 The Spending Review and Autumn Statement was delivered to Parliament today and included £1 billion to be spent on 4G communications for the police and other emergency services. Known as ESN (Emergency Services Network) the new 4G network is designed to allow police officers and other emergency services personnel to undertake more tasks away from … Read More

EE Launches Wearable 4G Camera

EE has released the world’s first wearable 4G camera, which is known as the 4GEE Capture Cam. The device, which is part of a growing range of 4G devices launched by EE as it embraces the Internet of Things, is available immediately for both consumers and small businesses, and makes an ideal Christmas gift. The … Read More

4G Boosts Public Service Efficiency

During 2015 EE has worked with a variety of public services to deploy 4G solutions that address specific pressures and enable services to be delivered more efficiently. EE has been working with emergency services, the NHS, and social housing providers to provide a range of 4G solutions including Connected Vehicle, 4G Rapid Site, and Connected … Read More

FreedomPop Launches Free UK 4G Service

U.S. based mobile operator, FreedomPop, has extended its services to the UK in the first phase of a major international expansion, offering free 4G for the first time. FreedomPop will run as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), buying capacity on the Three network and using Three’s mobile masts and infrastructure. FreedomPop customers will pay … Read More

EE Launches 4G Capable IoT Platform

EE is driving the future of the Internet of Things with the launch of EE Connect, the UK’s first 4G-capable dedicated Machine to Machine (M2M) platform. There are already around two million machines, or connected devices, communicating with one another over the EE 2G and 3G networks, and EE expects this number to double over … Read More

Apple Launches iPad Pro 4G Tablet

At a San Francisco-based launch event last week Apple announced a range of new 4G devices, from the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus to the iPad Pro. This week we’ll be taking a look at these devices and the upgrades or additional features they include, starting with the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro will … Read More

Farmer creates his own rural 4G hotspot

A Wiltshire farmer – who believes that 4G holds the answer to slow fixed line broadband connections in rural areas – has created his own 4G hotspot providing speeds of up to 69 Mbps. Richard Guy was fed up with the slow fixed line broadband connection speeds he was getting from BT, which were typically … Read More

Mobile Report Shows Global Shift to 4G

 A new mobile report by GSMA shows a rapid shift to mobile broadband, specifically 4G, across the globe, with half the global population expected to have 4G coverage by 2017. The GSMA Global Mobile Economy Report 2015 suggests that the global mobile industry is still growing rapidly, with 3.6 billion unique mobile subscribes at the … Read More

EE Launches 4G Action Camera

EE has launched what it describes as the world’s first 4G action camera which is set to rival established brands like GoPro. The 4GEE Action Cam, which comes with a viewfinder watch, is expected to be on sale in the UK on 16th June 2015. The 4GEE Action CAM is designed to broadcast live video … Read More

Vodafone to Launch Voice Over 4G This Summer

Vodafone has announced that it will be launching Voice over 4G along with Wi-Fi calling this summer with a view to improving network coverage and voice call quality. Earlier this week Vodafone unveiled its plans to bring 4G voice calls, known as Voice over LTE or VoLTE, to its customers. This will enable voice calls … Read More