7/29/2013 11:22:53 AM
Clearance of 4G spectrum set to be completed this week
Ofcom has paved the way for operators using 800MHz spectrum to launch 4G, with the band set to be clear this Wednesday.
The bandwave had previously been used by digital TV services and wireless microphones and other audio devices. Ofcom said the clearance ends a four year process that sets up Britain for launching 4G and comes five months ahead of schedule. However, the 4G auction had been dogged by threats of legal action from mobile operators and telecoms companies accusing Ofcom of dragging its feet over selling off spectrum. The final TV retune will be completed on Wednesday by Freeview viewers in northern Scotland.
Both O2 and Vodafone has said it plans to launch its own 4G services this summer, with Three using its purchase of 4G ready spectrum to boost its Ultrafast network.
Ed Richards, Ofcom CEO, said: 'This week we are clearing the path for 4G mobile broadband, allowing mobile companies to provide coverage across the UK. 4G services will reach 98% of the UK population indoors – and even more when outdoors – which will provide a significant boost for rural businesses and consumers.'
Author: Graeme Neill