Features | 15 Oct 2018

Ensuring employers and employees benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Ensuring employers and employees benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution

By Neil Blagden, Director of Digital & Commercial Operations, Vodafone UK

Fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies, from artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things (IoT), are changing how we work for the better. 5G, the next generation of wireless connectivity, will bring faster mobile internet speeds and network response times than ever before. These technologies have the potential to deliver real productivity gains for organisations across the UK. To help policymakers ensure that both employers and employees realise the full benefits of 4IR innovations, we commissioned a new report from the Social Market Foundation.

This report is the second in a series on the impact of 4IR in the UK. It builds on the first report, “4IR in the Home”, which examined how new innovations are improving our quality of life in areas like care, transport and the home. The latest report “4IR in the Workplace”, available below, looks at how new technologies are enhancing the performance of businesses and employees. For example, big data analytics are helping retail businesses respond faster to trends in customer demand. And by taking on routine tasks, artificial intelligence is freeing up employees’ time so they can focus on creative, stimulating work that relies on human insight.

Vodafone is an industry leader in technologies like 5G and IoT, and we have seen first-hand how 4IR advancements in the workplace can benefit people as well as organisations. Rising productivity, a reduction in repetitive, monotonous tasks, more fulfilling work – these are all possible thanks to digital innovation and ultra-fast connectivity.

As this report makes clear, employers and employees have a great deal to gain from this latest wave in industrial development. With strong business leadership and the right legislative environment, we can all enjoy the benefits.

Read “4IR in the Workplace” by clicking on the Download Report button.


About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed line connections, home and office broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Having made the UK’s first mobile phone call and sent the first text message, Vodafone has a history as a tech pioneer. In 2018 we made the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G, and were first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. We now have 5G in more places than anyone else, with multiple locations now live across the UK and the rest of Europe.

Today we serve more than 18 million mobile and fixed line customers in the UK, with 4G network coverage at 99%.  Our customers voted us the UK’s Best Mobile Network at the 2018 Trusted Reviews Awards – for the second year in a row. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 15 UK towns and cities through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach.

Connectivity is at the heart of what we do as it gives us a huge opportunity for good. We are using our network, products, talents and technology to help society prosper and respond to significant social and environmental issues.  Our free Digital Parenting magazine is helping families and schools across the UK to navigate the online world safely. Meanwhile, the Vodafone Foundation’s work with researchers at Imperial College is developing personalised cancer treatment using the processing power of smartphones.

We are part of Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest technology communications companies, with mobile operations in 26 countries, partnerships with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 19 markets.  As of 30 September 2019, Vodafone Group had approximately 625 million mobile customers, 27 million fixed broadband customers, and 22 million TV customers – including all of the customers in Vodafone’s joint ventures and associates.

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