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.
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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.
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.
Research by the telecoms regulator suggests 4G technologies such as LTE will be three times more spectrally efficient than the 3G mobile broadband technologies in use today
Ofcom has made clear the extent to which the UK is lagging behind other countries in deploying 4G mobile broadband.At least 55 countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the US and Japan, will have begun offering commercial long-term evolution (LTE) services by the end of 2012, with some of those countries having already started, the regulator's annual Communications Market Report, published on Thursday, stated.