Ofcom delays Everything Everywhere 4G LTE verdict

No decision until May 8th as rival networks claim unfair advantage

Vodafone, O2 and Three have thrown a major league hissy fit over Ofcom's backing of Everything Everywhere's 4G plans, so the regulator is delaying its final verdict until May 8th

The UK's communications regulator Ofcom has pushed back its final decision on whether Everything Everywhere will be allowed to roll-out 4G LTE mobile broadband before the end of 2012.

Earlier this month Ofcom approved Orange and T-Mobile's plans to convert existing 2G spectrum to kickstart its 4G network, which brought a much-needed boost for UK smartphone users frustrated by the severe lack of progress.

The regulator had given rival UK networks like Vodafone, O2 and Three until 17th April to officially voice their concerns which, rather predictably, they all have.

Vodafone in particular says approval gives EE "a significant head start before any of its competitors have a clear path to 4G," given that there's still no definite set-date for the 4G LTE auction, which will see spectrum allocated to each network.

In light of the protests, Ofcom has now delayed the decision until May 8th to allow the networks to fully present their cases and give it time to consider all the variables.

While it might not be fair on the others, we're inclined to say 'tough luck.' Everything Everywhere has the available 2G spectrum, the others don't and we're tired of waiting for 4G connectivity in the UK.

Via: The Verge