As one from the land of Blighty, I'm happy to say 4G coverage is pretty poor -- but will Ofcom's new spectrum auction push forward network improvements?
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Competitors to the UK mobile operator EE will be able to start rolling out 4G services by mid-year, with Ofcom to kick off the spectrum auction bidding process this week.
Ofcom has finalised the rules of the upcoming spectrum auction process that will allow O2, Vodafone, Three and other operators to introduce their own mobile 4G services.
The 76-year run for analogue TV services has come to an end, taking the venerable Ceefax service with it. The UK's TV services are all-digital now, allowing freed-up spectrum to be auctioned off to LTE mobile broadband providers.
The threat of further delays to the UK's 800MHz spectrum auction and the subsequent rollout of LTE services has passed, according to a letter from the head of telecoms regulator Ofcom.
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has decided that Everything Everywhere can start offering 4G services before the end of the year, ahead of the 4G spectrum auction next year. While the move may anger rivals, it will benefit consumers, at least in the short term.
The regulator has updated Everything Everywhere's licences to allow the operator to reuse its 2G spectrum for 4G fast mobile broadband - as much as a year before rivals get to play the 4G game
The mobile broadband auction will not raise anything like the £22.5bn raised by selling off 3G spectrum, but it should ensure indoor and outdoor coverage for even far-flung rural parts of the UK
The parent company of UK mobile operator Three, Hutchison Whampoa, has denied claims that the business will pull out of the UK market if it is not allocated 4G spectrum in the upcoming auction when it takes place later in 2012.Ofcom has presented new proposals that could clear the way for the UK's much-delayed 4G spectrum auction.
The telecoms regulator has taken the first step in freeing up additional spectrum for future mobile broadband use, opening up a consultation on the process due to end in June
The regulator said it plans to allow the parent of T-Mobile and Orange to re-use its 2G spectrum for 4G, which would let it get a jump on rivals by launching high-speed services before the end of 2012
The company has asked Ofcom to let UK operators reuse their GSM spectrum for fast mobile broadband as soon as possible, meaning the UK could get 4G ahead of the upcoming spectrum auction
Ofcom has revised earlier proposals for the upcoming 4G auction in ways that could end the repeated delays in bringing fast mobile broadband to the UK
Mobile operators have denied making legal threats to hold up the 4G spectrum auction process, as Ofcom chief Ed Richards accused them of doing.Richards said on Tuesday that "incumbent mobile operators have chosen to entangle this process in litigation or threats of litigation".
Ofcom chief Ed Richards has warned operators that the government may change telecoms regulation if constant litigation threats continue to delay the 4G spectrum auction
Without the deployment of IPv6, there will be no addresses to assign to the new 4G-enabled devices, says Axel Pawlik
Responding to a call from MPs, the operator has said it will make sure its customers benefit from the money it will get from selling off a chunk of 2G spectrum that was once a public asset
UK telecom regulator Ofcom has announced that it is further delaying the auction of the 2.6GHz and 800MHz spectrum set aside for the next generation of mobile broadband.
The late arrival of LTE means British businesses must use older mobile broadband technologies, leading to a time loss that costs industry millions of pounds a year, according to Open Digital
Operators should set differences aside and work together to get 4G started, or risk the UK being left even further behind in super-fast mobile broadband, culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned
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