4G auction 'needs to be clearer and fairer', says Everything Everywhere

4G auction 'needs to be clearer and fairer', says Everything Everywhere
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Ofcom needs make the distribution of low frequency spectrum fairer and make the rules of the forthcoming 4G auction more simplified, Everything Everywhere has said.

The deadline for responses to the latest set of proposals for the 4G auction passed yesterday (22 March). In a statement, an Everything Everywhere spokesman said: 'While we understand the challenges faced by Ofcom in creating the auction rules, they need to grasp the opportunity to fix the long-term ownership imbalance of the higher quality low frequency spectrum that has distorted competition in the industry for the past two decades.

'In addition, the auction proposals are too complicated and create a risk of producing outcomes that do not serve consumer interests. We would like to see the auction rules address the uneven distribution of the high quality low frequency spectrum and simplified to ensure they can be effectively implemented.'

O2 welcomed the proposal to reserve a chunk of spectrum for a fourth operator in its response to Ofcom. However, it warned the decision to provisionally grant Everything Everywhere permission to refarm 1800MHz spectrum could delay the auction process.

Vodafone took a stronger line, arguing there was no case to answer for reserving spectrum for a fourth operator and accusing Ofcom of acting with 'unwarranted haste' in granting Everything Everywhere permission to refarm its holding.

Editor: Graeme Neill

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