News in brief: Everything Everywhere reveals LTE launch plans
Everything Everywhere is looking to launch 4G data services this year, beating its rivals in the LTE rollout, if the telecoms regulator gives it the go-ahead.
On Thursday, the network said it can start selling 4G LTE connectivity to a small number of customers before 2013 if it is allowed to 'refarm' portions of its 2G spectrum in the 1800MHz band. Everything Everywhere asked Ofcom in January for permission to do this, and the regulator said it would consider the application in the first quarter of this year.
"Subject to regulatory approval by the spring, Everything Everywhere will be in a position to begin the rollout of 4G before the end of the year," Olaf Swantee, the company's chief executive, said in a statement. "There is a great opportunity for the UK to have the 21st-century network that it so deserves, putting the nation on a level playing field with other parts of Europe, the USA and Asia."
For more on this story see Everything Everywhere pushes for 4G rollout in 2012 on Zdnet UK.