4/4/2012 10:10:53 AM
Everything Everywhere still wants 4G in 2012
Everything Everywhere remains ‘hopeful’ it will be able to launch a 4G offer to the UK by the end of this year, despite a consultation on it refarming spectrum being extended.
Ofcom announced last week the deadline for submissions for the consultation was being extended from 17 April until 8 May. Vodafone, O2 and Three have hit out at the regulator’s earlier decision to provisionally approve the refarming of its 1800MHz spectrum for 4G use.
Everything Everywhere CEO Olaf Swantee (pictured) previously said that if the operator was given long enough, it could roll out a ‘small scale’ 4G offer by the end of this year.
When asked if the operator felt this was still the case, Kip Meek, director of spectrum strategy, told Mobile: ‘We are still hopeful of having some sort of service up and running by the end of this year.’
Meek said he was pleased the consultation period would be extended as it would make the refarming plans less open to legal challenges.