3/22/2012 5:04:37 PM
O2: Everything Everywhere 4G refarming 'could delay 4G auction'
The decision to provisionally allow Everything Everywhere to refarm spectrum for 4G could delay the separate LTE auction process, O2 has said.
The operator was responding to Ofcom's latest consultation on the forthcoming 4G auction. A spokesman said: 'Ofcom’s auction proposals had much to commend them, and we were minded to support a small spectrum reservation for Hutchison or a new entrant, if Ofcom could make a stronger case for four players.'
Earlier today, Vodafone criticised the decision to potentially reserve spectrum for a fourth operator, which is likely to be Three. However, O2 joined Vodafone in criticising the regulator's decision to provisionally grant Everything Everywhere permission to refarm 1800MHz spectrum for 4G. It said: 'We are concerned that Ofcom's other proposal to allow one operator to launch 4G early on its existing spectrum is contradictory to its objective of delivering a competitive market environment with four competing players. This could expose the process to further risk of delay.'
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