Ofcom is looking at how to clear the current users off the 700MHz spectrum band in time for the next generation of mobile data.
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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 UK uses more mobile data than any other country and also has one of the highest percentages of smartphone owners globally, Ofcom has said.
Having consulted on the matter, the regulator is now making its first tentative steps in preparing for yet another digital switchover. This time, however, moving digital TV views over to new spectrum should be a much easier task.
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 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
BT is likely to enjoy lighter controls on the amount it can charge for its leased lines in London, under proposals revealed by Ofcom on Monday.Leased lines offer high-end fibre connectivity as a retail product for business customers, and also as a wholesale product for smaller telcos that resell fixed and mobile broadband services.
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.
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 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
Mobile operator Vodafone has accused Ofcom of "taking leave of its senses" in its decision to allow Everything Everywhere to forge ahead with a 4G rollout before 2013, according to reports.The telecoms regulator said on 13 March that it was "minded" to allow Everything Everywhere to refarm its 2G spectrum to provide 4G services using the 1800MHz frequency, prompting the response from Vodafone in The Sunday Times.
The network-sharing venture between T-Mobile and Orange has stressed it is ready to sell 4G services in the UK this year, if Ofcom gives it the go-ahead to refarm 2G spectrum this spring
More than 900,000 UK households could be affected by 4G interference to digital TV, according to upcoming Ofcom figures.Previous figures from the regulator put the worst case scenario at 760,000 households to be affected by 4G mobile.
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
UK web and phone regulator Ofcom warns that 4G networks may not be generally available until 2015, adding further dampeners on plans for high-speed mobile networks.
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".
Even though there are twice as many 3G connections as fixed-line broadband in the UK, the amount of data passed over mobile broadband is a very small percentage of the total for home usage, according to Ofcom
Ofcom has published its first UK telecoms infrastructure report, which shows that large areas of the country have little or no 3G coverage at all
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.