Vodafone argue Everything Everywhere UK 4G decision

Spokesperson suggests Ofcom are 'taking leave of their senses'

Ofcom have come under assault from Vodafone after deciding to allow leading mobile company Everything Everywhere to begin rolling out 4G services

Vodafone’s UK CEO Guy Laurence has attacked Ofcom, accusing them of unfair play after a decision was made to allow Everything Everywhere to begin delivering 4G services before anyone else.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Guy Laurence went so far as to say that Ofcom was “taking leave of their senses.”

Vodafone believes that Ofcom’s decision on Tuesday to allow the nation’s biggest mobile company, Everything Everywhere, to utilise 4G, will create an imbalance in the market, giving the company a huge headstart over its competitors.

In a press statement Olaf Swantee, CEO at Everything Everywhere revealed his delight at the approval which will see 4G hitting the UK before the end of 2012.

“I am also very proud to announce that, subject to regulatory approval by the spring, Everything Everywhere will be in a position to begin the roll out of 4G before the end of the year.

The UK’s first 4G-LTE trials over 1800MHz will begin in April and according to Swantee, “subject to regulatory approval by the spring, Everything Everywhere will be in a position to begin the roll out of 4G before the end of the year.”

Opponents of the decision have until Thursday to make a formal complaint with Ofcom.