Virgin Media Business (VMB) has launched its first enterprise mobile service for public and private sector organisations, offering businesses superfast speeds using EE's recently launched 4G network.
VMB hopes to attract enterprises that would rather integrate their fixed and mobile communications through one supplier, rather than having to manage a different provider for each service. It claims that this will save money, time and complexity.
The 4G service, Business Mobile, includes a number of additional features, such as mobile email services, the ability to connect your desk phone and mobile, online portals for support and billing, and telephone support for users and customer administrators.
EE's 4G network currently only covers 60 percent of the UK, but VMB is also offering the enterprise service on the mobile provider's 3G network.
The service will be available on the latest 4G handsets, including those offered by Samsung, other Android providers, Windows phones and Blackberry.
"We're simplifying things for our customers by being the single supplier for all their telecoms needs. EE's 4G experience over the past 10 months clearly illustrates the benefits of the technology and their 4G network coverage is unrivalled in the UK," said Duncan Higgins, director of products and marketing at Virgin Media Business.
"With 4G, you can get more done, work flexibly and bring your professional applications together on a single device. Remote working is now the norm and adding 4G to our services increases our customers' options for working in a way that suits them."
He added: "CIOs up and down the country have told us they believe mobile communications will be essential for the future of their organisation, but they also need a base of operations. In response, our new service builds on our existing connectivity, convergence and collaboration services while enabling businesses to give staff safe, secure mobile access to the tools and data they need."
EE launched its 4G network in October last year ahead of the UK's other mobile networks, after Ofcom granted it permission to reuse some of its existing spectrum for 4G services. However, since the communication regulator's recent spectrum auction, the other mobile providers are racing to catch up and launch services of their own.