UK TELECOMS REGULATOR Ofcom has received and given the nod to an application by Everything Everywhere to operate 4G services using its existing 3G spectrum.
Everything Everywhere, the firm formed by cooperation between T-Mobile and Orange, has submitted plans to Ofcom asking to use part of its 3G spectrum, in particular the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands, for 4G long term evolution (LTE) services. Ofcom said it has provisionally given the green light to Everything Everywhere's application.
Ofcom said it considered whether allowing Everything Everywhere to use its 3G spectrum for 4G communications will affect competition in the marketplace but concluded it will not. Ofcom also said the consumer benefits it will bring has mean it is "minded to allow this change of use".
While Everything Everywhere might be trying to steal a march on Vodafone, O2 and Three with its Ofcom application, the fact is there are no 4G smartphones on sale in the UK. And looking across the pond, it doesn't take long to see people moaning about the battery life of 4G smartphones.
What Ofcom didn't say is that by granting Everything Everywhere's application it gives the firm another opportunity to charge extortionate data fees. And we think many punters will prefer having better 3G coverage rather than expensive, battery sapping 4G. µ