11/1/2012 3:48:59 PM
Ofcom and EC approve Three's spectrum purchase from EE
The sale of EE's chunk of 1800MHz spectrum to Three has been approved by Ofcom and the European Commission, paving the way for the operator to potentially launch a 4G service on the bandwidth.
The purchase, which will double the capacity available to customers on Three's network, was made in August but had been under scrutiny by both agencies to see if it would be in breach of any competition issues. EE was required to sell the 2x15MHz chunk of spectrum as part of the conditions of the merger between Orange and T-Mobile.
While the spectrum is on the same frequency that EE launched its own 4G service earlier this week, the approval does not necessarily mean Three can immediately launch its own next generation service. EE has until 1 October 2013 to complete the sale.
Editor: Graeme Neill