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Peace talks are behind soft launch for 4G EE service
Tuesday 11 September 2012 14:56:35 by Andrew Ferguson

The 4G auctions in the UK have a long history of benefiting no one apart from the lawyers, and even though Ofcom granted permission to EE for it to launch its 4G 1800 MHz service today, the launch is purely a pre-registration exercise with no services available to order.

The Finanical Times carries details of an agreement between the mobile providers, apparently brokered by the previous Culture Secretary, where no legal action against Everything Everywhere will take place for a month while talks are held, and in return EE will not actually deliver a service for a few more weeks.

The 4G auction if there had been no bickering and delays could have originally taken place as far back as 2008, but now looks set to not happen until 2013. A survey of our visitors revealed 65% supported Everything Everywhere being allowed to launch in September, 21% gave a clear no, and the remaining 14% said no. While the opposition to Everything Everywhere rolling out early will be worried about losing customers, only 30% suggested they would change mobile providers to utilise 4G, given that we now know that initially there will be no PAYG tariffs in the early roll-out the actual number is likely to be a lot lower.

Comments

Posted by otester over 4 years ago
So who is responsible for delaying the auction from 2008?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
Responsible, I think all the parties involved have managed to result in it dragging out.

A change of Government probably did not help.
Posted by stator over 4 years ago
" While the opposition to Everything Everywhere rolling out early will be worried about losing customers, only 30% suggested they would change mobile providers to utilise 4G"
30% is a huge percentage of customers to think about switching. I would be hugely worried about that statistic.
Posted by never152 over 4 years ago
I've worked for Orange before. Chances are they'll massively mess up with this launch anyway. Do think it's really unfair for the other providers though.
Posted by leexgx over 4 years ago
thought it was o2 that was the main issue as they realy objected 3 network getting 800 band pre allocated to them before the bidding had started and number if others things

do I think it's unfair no it's all there own faults for bickering
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