UK could get 4G next month
Everything Everywhere, the joint venture between T-Mobile and Orange, could deploy 4G services in September following Ofcom’s decision to allow the company to use existing spectrum to roll out LTE.
Ofcom says Everything Everwhere can roll out 4G as from September 19th. When it happens is now down to the company.
The auction of spectrum for 4G is not due to happen until next year.
Everything Everywhere’s main UK rival operators, which have done everything they can to disrupt the bidding process to steer it in their favour, have reacted bitterly to the news.
O2 said it was “hugely disappointed” and Vodafone said Ofcom had shown a “careless disregard” for the “competitive distortion” the decision would entail.
Ofcom wants the rules for next year’s spectrum auction to make it inevitable that there will be four operators of 4G services in the UK. It is this that Vodafone and O2 have been fighting so hard against that it has delayed deployment of 4G services in the UK.