The delay of 4G in coming to these shores has been something we’ve written about quite regularly.
Bickering over the ins-and-outs of the rules and regulations for the spectrum auction has slowed the process considerably, and the delayed auction process has pushed out the expected arrival date of 4G in the UK to later in 2013.
Although that was the last estimate we were familiar with – now Ofcom has come forward with an even later and more disappointing date.
According to the latest reports from the comms body, 4G won’t be arriving in the UK until 2015.
However, it’s not quite as bad as it sounds at first hearing – in fact, Ofcom is saying that “wide availability” of 4G won’t be a reality until 2015.
We’d previously expected the roll out to begin later in 2013, not widespread availability. However, Ofcom did say the initial roll out will start later in 2013 or in 2014, so there’s still a delay on the cards.
And it leaves us lagging seriously behind the countries who’ve already had fourth-gen mobile broadband for some time, such as the US, Norway, Sweden and Japan.
Of course, we’ll still have the best broadband infrastructure in Europe come 2015 according to the government. “Best” being a word which the government is redefining to mean quite good. Ish.