UK 4G problems sorted
Yesterday’s meeting between the wireless operators, Ofcom and the Culture Secretary Maria Miller resulted in a good conclusion for UK consumers.
The operators had threatened to present a legal challenge to Ofcom’s decision to allow Everything Everywhere to roll out 4G services on existing spectrum before the end of the year and ahead of the auction of 4G spectrum.
O2 and Vodafone agreed yesterday not to bring that legal action. The spectrum auction will take place in Janauary, as planned, but clearing the spectrum for 4G use will happen quicker than expected. Operators who buy spectrum in January will now be able to launch 4G services in the Spring.
Ofcom managed to secure an earlier-than-expected release of the spectrum which is currently being used for digital terrestrial broadcasting.
EE says it will start rolling out 4G this month and intends to have 16 cities covered by the end of the year and 98% of the UK covered by 2014.