Ofcom gives green light to 4G in UK

15/03/2012

Ofcom has provisionally given the greenlight to T-Mobile and Orange’s joint company Everything Everywhere, to use its existing 1800MHz radio spectrum in order to rollout 4G mobile broadband based on either LTE or WiMAX. 4G (fourth generation portable internet) will help resolve all the woes users had with its predecessor, 3G such as patchy connections, super slow speeds and not enough coverage when it comes to rural areas.

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In a statement, Ofcom said: "In accordance with the relevant legal framework, we have therefore considered whether there is a risk of distortion to competition arising from authorising EE's 1800 MHz licences for LTE and WiMAX technologies.

"Our view is that there is no material risk of a distortion of competition if EE is permitted now to use the 1800MHz band to deploy LTE and/or WiMAX technologies, we propose to vary EE's 1800 MHz licences as soon as practicable, subject to this consultation."

The UK communications watchdog set a deadline of 17th April, 2012 for consultation on the decision.

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