Ofcom backs Everything Everywhere plan to use 1800MHz band for LTE

14 Mar 2012

Hot on the heels of reports earlier this week that saw Everything Everywhere declare it could be ready to launch 4G services in the UK before the end of 2012, providing regulator Ofcom permitted it to repurpose 2G spectrum, the latter has revealed its provisional conclusions to the cellco’s January 2012 frequency refarming request. With Everything Everywhere having called for permission to deploy Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology using the 1800MHz band, Ofcom has determined that allowing the cellco to do so would be ‘likely to bring material benefits to consumers, including faster mobile broadband speeds and – depending on how Everything Everywhere uses the spectrum – potentially wider mobile broadband coverage in rural areas.’ Further, the watchdog also noted that it did not believe that allowing Everything Everywhere to re-use its frequencies would distort competition in the sector. As such, Ofcom has confirmed that it is prepared to allow the use of the spectrum for fourth-generation services, subject to a consultation on the matter. Interested parties have now been given four weeks in which to submit their views on the matter to the regulator, following which a final decision is expected. Everything Everywhere is the UK joint venture operation between Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile unit and France Telecom-Orange.

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