As part of our series of articles examining the 4G LTE landscape across Europe, ZDNet takes a look at how the UK's fourth-generation services are measuring up.
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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.
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.
Orange and T-Mobile parent EE, Three, Vodafone and O2 parent Telefonica are pooling forces to make sure digital TV services are cleared in the 800MHz band so that 4G LTE in the spectrum can go ahead as planned.
EE's rivals will be able to launch their own LTE services in much of the UK during the first half of next year, rather than later. Making this possible was far more complex than simply bashing heads together.
The launch of the iPhone 5 will be a competitive advantage for EE when it launches the UK's first 4G network in the coming months. Ofcom will feel the pressure to appease EE's competitors or face further litigation over how spectrum is doled out.
4G mobile will offer super-fast download speeds when it arrives in the UK. Find out what 4G technologies are being deployed in the UK, by who and when, and why the UK has lagged behind the rest of the world on 4G adoption
The UK operator has picked up two blocks of spectrum in the 1800MHz band from Everything Everywhere, which means it can start to prepare for the introduction of 4G services on its network.
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 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
UK households will get free filters and other aid, including up to £10,000, to help get around TV interference from 4G services which could affect 2.3 million homes
Everything Everywhere, the mobile operator combining the UK T-Mobile and Orange networks, has appointed Morgan Stanley to oversee the sale of part of its 1800MHz spectrum.The sale, a regulatory condition set when the networks merged in 2010, will potentially give its competitors a chance to roll out 4G LTE wireless data in advance of Ofcom auctioning off new spectrum at 800 and 2600 MHz for these services.
The operator has called Ofcom's change of heart on sub-1GHz spectrum 'irrational', arguing its rivals with a slice of that spectrum will have a 'natural competitive' advantage in 4G services
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
BT will continue to test the feasibility of providing broadband using the gaps in digital television radio spectrum, known as white space, in a new trial in Cornwall
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
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Without the deployment of IPv6, there will be no addresses to assign to the new 4G-enabled devices, says Axel Pawlik
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
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