There are numerous economic and social benefits to be had from the introduction of 4G LTE mobile broadband across the UK, a study has revealed.
The research, which was carried out by Capital Economics on behalf of communications firm Everything Everywhere, revealed that the introduction of 4G LTE mobile broadband could see Britain's GDP rise by 0.5 percent (€92 billion in today's money) by the end of the decade.
Its arrival in the UK could also lead to an extra €6.8 billion of investment from the private sector over the next three years and help create or safeguard 125,000 jobs.
The study indicated that it could also lead to an extra 10 million people who would not normally have access to fixed line superfast broadband doing so by the end of the decade.
Olaf Swantee, Everything Everywhere chief executive, said: "This research highlights the significant economic and social benefits that 4G will bring to the UK - already enjoyed in over 30 countries around the world.
"The UK has the highest levels of smartphone penetration and mobile commerce in Europe, and Britons deserve to have the best infrastructure in place to support this growth."