UK TELECOMS REGULATOR Ofcom has given Everything Everywhere the green light to use its existing 1800MHz spectrum to deliver LTE services, which means the UK could get 4G as early as next month.
The regulator has said that Everything Everywhere, the joint venture of networks Orange and T-Mobile, can start rolling out 4G signals in Britain from 11 September, just a day before the rumoured launch of the next generation Iphone.
Despite opposition from rival networks, Ofcom said today that its approval of Everything Everywhere's bid will ultimately prove beneficial to customers.
It said in a statement, "Ofcom has concluded that varying Everything Everywhere's 1,800 MHz licences now will deliver significant benefits to consumers, and that there is no material risk that those benefits will be outweighed by a distortion of competition.
"Delaying doing so would therefore be to the detriment of consumers."
However, Ofcom's announcement is likely to see further criticism from O2, Three and Vodafone, who will have to wait until next year before they can even begin bidding on spectrum. We've been in touch with all three networks for comment but have not heard back from them yet.
Still, Everything Everywhere seems quite chuffed. It said in a statement, "Ofcom's decision to make 4G available this year is great news for the UK. Consumers will soon be able to benefit from the much greater mobile speeds that 4G will deliver.
"4G will drive investment, employment and innovation and we look forward to making it available later this year, delivering superfast mobile broadband to the UK." µ
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