Legal challenge to UK 4G to be decided today
Today, the Culture Secretary Maria Miller is chairing a meeting of UK wireless operators and Ofcom to see if a way can be found to head off a legal challenge to Ofcom’s decision to allow Everything Everywhere to start 4G seervices using their existing spectrum later this month.
The operators have threatened to mount a legal challenge to Ofcom’s decision which would delay Everything Everywhere’s 4G launch plans.
A possible deal is that Ofcom agrees to bring forward the date at which the auction of 4G spectrum will be held, giving the other wireless operators a chance to get into the market not too far behind Everything Everywhere.
The other wireless operators had previously been seeking to have the 4G auction delayed while the terms of the auction were negotiated. Ofcom’s decision to let EE go first has prompted a reversal of the operators’ previous delaying tactics.
EE’s plan is to offer 4G in 16 UK cities by the end of the year.