New 4G Timetable agreed by UK Operators and Regulators

 

 

After the meeting that saw the UK operators, industry regulators and Culture Secretary Maria Miller sit down to sort out the 4G roll out plans, it seems everyone managed to get along and come to an agreement.

 

The meeting was held due to fears that O2 and Vodafone would appeal against the EE network launching their 4G services by the end of the year, which put them way ahead of the competition that had to wait for the spectrum auction to get their hands on extra bandwidth for their services.

 

It has now been agreed that 4G services should launch in spring 2013 bringing the expect release date from the likes of O2 and Vodafone forward by six months. The auction is still going to happen in January, but the anticipated slow clearing of the bandwidth for use on 4G will be happening more quickly to aid the earlier launch.

 

The EE network is still likely to launch their 4G services at the end of this month with the continued rollout to 16 cities by the end of the year, but this move forward puts O2 and Vodafone back in the game too although they will have some catching up to do.

 

Ofcom Chief Executive, Ed Richards, said “The actions we have taken with industry and government avoid the risk of significant delay and are tremendous news for consumers who might otherwise have waited a considerable period for the next generation of mobile broadband services.”

 

This latest development will help move along the government’s aim to make the UK a “technological centre” as all the delays and problems has caused the UK to fall far behind many countries worldwide when it comes to 4G services.

 

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