UK mobile networks roll out 4G timetable

UK mobile network operators agree to set aside differences in order to speed up 4G timetable

Under plans agreed upon at a meeting yesterday between the UK's mobile network operators and Culture Secretary Marie Miller, the UK is set to have 4G services up and running by the end of summer in 2013. At the meeting representatives from O2, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere, brokered a deal with Ofcom to bring 4G services forward by six months.

 

 

This effectively shortens the headstart currently enjoyed by Everything Everywhere - the parent company of combined mobile networks, Orange and T-Mobile - who plan to launch the country's first 4G network by the end of this month. The reason it's able to do this is because it owns enough spare bandwith to be able to launch such a network earlier than its rivals, who still need to wait for Ofcom to auction off enough government airwaves to enable their own separate 4G networks.

At the meeting with Marie Miller, EE's rivals agreed not pursue legal action against it over Ofcom's decision to allow EE to introduce 4G this year by re-using existing mobile spectrum.

The Culture Secretary welcomed the news, saying "delivering 4G quickly is a key part of our economic growth strategy. I am grateful to the mobile operators for their co-operation in bringing forward vital 4G services."

"By speeding up the delivery of 4G in the UK, the government is creating enormous opportunities. It is up to the operators to now deliver the services that businesses and consumers expect and we are confident they will succeed," she added.

Comments

Be the first to comment…

Back to top
Close
T3 Newsletter
Sign up to recieve the T3 newsletters by entering your details below

Your Details

As you're registering with us. we'd like to think that you'd enjoy receiving the following emails; if you'd rather not receive them, please untick the boxes:

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and it's group companies containing news, special offers and product information
I agree to the terms of use and privacy policy and confirm that I am over 16 years of age *
Close
Log in or Join

By clicking below you agree to our terms and conditions and our privacy policy

Log in to T3.com with your preferred social network

Log in with your T3.com account

CloseJoinPlease complete these additional details

Join T3.com with your preferred social network

OR

Join T3.com

Please tick this box to confirm you are 16 years old or over

Just so we know you're human

Newsletters

I would like to receive T3 email newsletters, packed full of the latest tech news, competitions and exclusive offers.

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and its group companies containing news, special offers and product information.

I would like to receive offers from carefully selected third Parties. We will not share your data with the third party.

Close Edit your profile

Change your password

Newsletters

I would like to receive T3 email newsletters, packed full of the latest tech news, competitions and exclusive offers.

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and its group companies containing news, special offers and product information.

I would like to receive offers from carefully selected third Parties. We will not share your data with the third party.

Social networks

You have authorised these social networks to interact with your T3.com account.

Please ensure you deactivate or revoke access to this website from within your social networks settings to ensure all permissions are removed.

Close Forgotten your password

Forgotten your password?

Please enter the email address that you used to sign up and we'll send you a new password

Close
Forgotten password
Don't have a T3 Account? Join now