Operators hit out at Ofcom over 4G

Vodafone and O2 make their displeasure known

May 24, 2012
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There’s more trouble up at the 4G mill, yet again, as Ofcom has published the results of its consultation on Everything Everywhere’s early 4G roll out plan. And the thoughts of rival networks are prickly by nature, to say the least.

Everything Everywhere (EE) wants to use be able to utilise its existing 1800MHz spectrum to bring 4G LTE to the UK at the end of this year, giving it a head-start on all the other networks, who don’t have any 4G resources, and won’t until after the auction next year.

EE has even cranked up a campaign to bring its service live before 2012 is out, accusing the other networks of putting themselves before the average UK mobile surfer.

But Vodafone and O2’s response has been less than kind, as Techradar reports. Vodafone suggested that a competitive 4G market would be good for the UK, and giving one network operator a lead on 4G wouldn’t help on that score.

Vodafone said that: “Ofcom’s current consultation proposes to give an unjustifiable head start to the largest player which could seriously undermine competition in the UK market for many years to come.”

O2 stated that: “Ofcom is wrong on all counts.”

So there are a lot of unhappy network bunnies out there, or certainly two very disgruntled ones, anyway.

Whether EE will still get its way on 4G remains to be seen, but the more fuss rivals kick up, the less likely that is; a fact those rivals are well aware of.


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