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January 27, 2010

4G delayed in the UK until 2011?

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by Darren Allan

Bad news for mobile phone fanatics champing at the bit to get super-speedy net access when on the move.

It seems that LTE – or 4G as it is commonly referred to – won’t be happening in the UK any time soon.

That’s because the auction for the spectrum necessary for 4G (2.6GHz) is unlikely to happen this year.

According to Kip Meek, the government’s official Independent Spectrum Broker, various issues are complicating the matter, including how the lower bands will be re-used, and potential legal objections from BT.

The imminent General Election is also thought to be getting in the way, so 2011 is looking the likely date for action now.

Meek told ZDNet that the government “will have to take a view whether, in the dying months of this government, they will want to push through with this particular set of proposals.”

In other words, leave it to the Tories to sort out.

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