Everything Everywhere halts legal challenge to spectrum auction plans

2 Nov 2010

Everything Everywhere (EE), the joint venture between UK mobile operators T-Mobile UK and Orange UK, will halt legal action that threatened the government’s proposed auction of next generation wireless spectrum, according to the Financial Times. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in August 2010 EE raised issue with the UK’s new government altering an initial agreement made with the country’s mobile operators that would have seen rival cellcos O2 UK and Vodafone UK hand back a portion of spectrum they already hold in the 900MHz band in return for being allowed to bid for spectrum in the 800MHz and 2600MHz band. It is understood, however, that following negotiations with the government, Tom Alexander, EE’s CEO, agreed to drop any legal challenge, prompting communications minister Ed Vaizey to state: ‘I am delighted Tom Alexander took a pragmatic view and saw the bigger picture. We are now in a very good place to move forward.’ The politician said he hoped that new legislation governing the use of spectrum could be approved by parliament by end-November. A statement by EE confirmed the development, with the company noting: ‘We have decided to withdraw our threatened legal action and are content to take our chances when it comes to influencing the rules for future spectrum auctions.’

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