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Everything Everywhere trials 4G range-extending aerial
The 800MHz band was previously reserved for use by analogue TV. As the switch-over to digital TV has already been completed in Cornwall, the companies were allowed to use the spectrum temporarily to test the 4G services.
Unsurprisingly given its previous use for transmitting television content, the signal-boosting aerials that have been fitted in some local communal areas and on participants' homes look very similar to a traditional TV aerial. Everything Everywhere said only 13 percent of participants needed the external aerial to receive a signal, which was a lower number than it had anticipated due to the fluctuating terrain.
Owing to repeated delays to the 4G spectrum auction — needed to allocate available spectrum fairly between the major mobile operators — it is unlikely that 4G services will be available to consumers in the UK before 2014.
On Tuesday, Ofcom chief Ed Richards accused operators of 'gaming the system' and warned that the government could take back regulatory powers if perpetual threats of litigation lingered over the upcoming auction.
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