3/13/2012 12:10:30 PM
Everything Everywhere moves closer to 2012 4G launch
Everything Everywhere has moved a step closer to refarming spectrum for 4G services after Ofcom provisionally ruled it would not distort competition.
The operator's proposal to refarm spectrum could mean the UK could get 4G services by the end of 2012. Last month, CEO Olaf Swantee said it was hoping to refarm existing 1,800MHz spectrum for a 'small scale' mobile broadband offer.
A spokesman for Ofcom said interested parties have until 17 April to submit their views on the proposed spectrum change. The spokesman said: 'Ofcom has considered whether allowing Everything Everywhere to use this spectrum in this way would distort competition, and provisionally concluded that it would not. And given the benefits this would bring to consumers, Ofcom is minded to allow this change of use.'
The regulator added it would be minded to deal with Telefónica and Vodafone in a similar way if they were to apply to refarm their own holdings of 4G spectrum.
Last month, Everything Everywhere also announced it is launching a second test of 4G services in Bristol in April and said it was on track to complete the upgrade of its 3G technology to HSPA+21 or 3.5G by the end of the second quarter this year.
Editor: Graeme Neill