26 JUL 2012

Jack visits Bristol mobile telecomms office

Jack Lopresti MP for Filton & Bradley Stoke visited Everything Everywhere's Bristol offices to learn more about the UK's leading communications company's 4G mobile broadband plans following the announcement by Ofcom of the spectrum auction rules.

Mr Lopresti was hosted by Neal Milsom, Chief Financial Officer of Everything Everywhere, and heard that the company welcomed the proposed auction rules but was waiting for Ofcom to allow them to deploy high speed mobile broadband over existing airwaves.

In discussing the benefits to the UK from high speed mobile broadband Mr Lopresti was concerned to hear that the UK is currently behind 40 other countries around the world that have live 4G mobile networks, but was pleased to hear that independent economic research found that rolling out 4G in the UK would generate £5.5 bn of direct investment into the UK economy, support 125,000 jobs and ultimately boost GDP by 0.5%.

Mr Lopresti welcomed Everything Everywhere's ongoing commitment to the wider Bristol region, and welcomed the chance to visit the company's Bristol based 4G trial later in the year

Neal Milsom explained to Mr Lopresti that the mobile industry was working with government, the broadcasters and the regulator to find a solution to possible interference of Freeview by 4G broadcast over the old analogue TV signal.

Following the visit Mr Lopresti commented:

"Infrastructure is key for the UK's ability to regain economic growth, and I am delighted that Everything Everywhere has committed to investing £1.5bn over three years to bring high speed mobile broadband to UK businesses and consumers."

Mr Lopresti went on to say:

"We have all benefited from the internet going mobile, but to really exploit mobility we need faster mobile broadband connections. I hope that Ofcom will shortly grant the request to bring high speed 4G mobile broadband to the UK this year so that Bristol consumers can start enjoying the technology and service that are enjoyed by our international neighbours."

Neal Milsom, CFO Everything Everywhere

"I would like to thank Jack for his visit. We are hopeful that Ofcom will grant us permission to bring 4G to the UK over our existing airwaves sooner rather than later so that we can begin to connect consumers and businesses to the mobile internet, and play our part in delivering £5.5 bn of direct investment, 125,000 jobs and 0.5% of economic growth by the end of the decade.

Jack is pictured with Mr Milsom at the companies offices in Aztec West.

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