Last week, Ofcom made the disappointing announcement that 4G spectrum in the UK would only go up for auction in early 2013, making it likely that it will come out at some time in the middle of next year.
This is the latest in a series of delays in relation to the rollout of the superfast mobile network speeds that we all want, and it seems that Everything Everywhere remain determined to do something about it.
EE have now stepped up and criticised Ofcom for failing to acknowledge their efforts to bring 4G out in the UK by the end of 2012. Rival networks such as Three, O2 and Vodafone, meanwhile, are angry that Ofcom didn’t completely rule out the possibility of EE getting a headstart in delivering 4G out to the UK public.
“While there are still some elements of [the] proposal which we don’t think are in the interests of competition or consumers, we are pleased that Ofcom is moving in the right direction and we recognise that we need to get this process moving now before the UK falls further behind the rest of the world,” said an EE spokesperson.
“However the auction is only one step towards bringing 4G to Britain. Everything Everywhere is committed to bringing 4G to the UK this year, and the next milestone will be the regulator’s response to our request to roll out 4G over our existing 1800MHz spectrum without further delay.”
Ofcom are in a tough position over whether they should authorise an early rollout of 4G. If they do, it’s safe to say that all the other major networks will hit back hard on the regulatory body. Politics aside though, the people want 4G and to hell with the bureaucratic consequences!
[Source: IT Pro Portal]