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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

EE Launches the Robin – a 4G Tablet for Kids

In time to meet the pre-Christmas demand for children’s tablets EE has launched the Robin, the world’s first 4G connected tablet designed with kids in mind. The Robin follows EE’s pattern of naming its own-brand devices after birds, including the Osprey, the Eagle, and the Rook, and was released today, 23rd October, in selected stores … Read More

Which UK City has the Best 4G?

Rootmetrics has used the results of its network tests to determine which UK cities delivered the best (and worst) 4G speeds, reliability, and overall performance during the first half of 2015. It compared 16 cities in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to find out which city’s residents were getting the best deal from their … Read More

Vodafone Offers Netflix to 4G Customers

Vodafone UK has renewed its mobile partnership deal with Internet TV network Netflix, meaning Vodafone’s customers will be able to access the service when they sign up to certain 4G bundles. Vodafone customers who sign up to Vodafone Red Value, SIM Only or Red + Sharer Bundles will get between six months’ and two years’ … Read More

4G Lacking in Public Sector

Vodafone UK has commissioned a YouGov survey to determine the extent to which Britain’s public sector frontline workers are equipped with 4G connectivity, and has discovered that they are missing out on the opportunities that super-fast mobile internet can bring. The study revealed fewer than one in ten public sector frontline workers are currently using … Read More

Ofcom Report Shows 4G Surge

4G uptake has accelerated in the past year according to Ofcom’s annual Communications Market Report, which states that during 2014 4G subscriptions soared from 2.7 million to 23.6 million. What are 4G users doing? The Ofcom report provides an insight into what 4G mobile users are doing compared with 3G users, and suggests that they … Read More

4GEE Mobile Living Index Snapshot

Leading 4G network EE regularly compiles Mobile Living Index reports to show the impact of 4G on its customers’ lives and what people are using 4G for. The network has recently released a Mobile Living Index Snapshot for the first half of 2015 to show how EE customers are using 4G to listen to the … Read More

Glastonbury: The Ultimate 4G Festival

Revellers at this year’s Glastonbury festival experienced the most connected festival experience yet courtesy of EE, the event’s official technology and communications partner. A temporary 4G network – the largest in the world – was constructed by the EE special projects team in the run up to the festival. 4G Data Use at Glastonbury With … Read More