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Everything Everywhere 4G application confirmed by Ofcom
Tuesday 13 March 2012 16:47:40 by Andrew Ferguson

It was only three weeks ago, that we learnt Everything Everywhere was keen to get 4G roll-out started out before the spectrum auctions for 4G take place, and today sees the start of a four week consultation period by Ofcom to allow stakeholders to have their say.

The provisional conclusion by Ofcom is that allowing Everything Everywhere to offer 4G over its existing 1800 MHz band would not distort competition, the consultation period exists so that any competitors who feel this is not the case can speak up and try to make Ofcom change its mind.

The release from Ofcom also provides better detail on where UK Broadband will offer 4G services from May 2012 at the wholesale level. The initial network roll-out will be in the Southbank and Borough areas of Southwark.

Comments

Posted by Kr1s69 over 3 years ago
One provider offering 4G services before all the others expected services to launch. How is not this going to distort competition?
Posted by huwwatkins over 3 years ago
Im sure there would be nothing to stop 02 and Voda offering 4G on their frequencies - not sure how it would work for three though
Posted by leexgx over 3 years ago
they need to buy the 800 space so they can use it for LTE (really with they put 3g on 800 as it really needs it should fix a lot of dead spots) be interesting if voice over LTE will happen
Posted by ahockings over 3 years ago
It won't really effect competition as it'll be nearly a year before anyone has
a 4G phone and by that time other networks will have it too.
Vodafone and O2 can't do it because 900Mhz is not an allocated LTE
frequency. In Europe the frequencies will be 800 and 2600 (yet to be
auctioned off) and 1800mhz.
Posted by ahockings over 3 years ago
Apparently EE have upgraded nearly all their 1800Mhz cells with 4G kit. All they have to do is switch it on. They have oodles of spectrum so can easily allocate some of it to LTE
Posted by FlappySocks over 3 years ago
It will be interesting to see if the UK version of the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S3 will have LTE.
Posted by doowles over 3 years ago
Wonder if the ipad 3 will work with this spectrum.
Posted by mitchja over 3 years ago
@dooeles

no, new iPad only works in the 700 & 2100 MHz LTE bands (the LTE spectrum they use in the US)
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