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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Ofcom is looking at how to clear the current users off the 700MHz spectrum band in time for the next generation of mobile data.
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.
Ofcom has launched a consultation on the use of white-space that could see the reuse of TV spectrum to provide connectivity for a range of uses and devices before the end of next year.
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.
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.
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
British customers will get 4G LTE services for the first time, as Everything Everywhere turns on its next-generation mobile network and promises 98 percent coverage within two years.
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 telecoms regulator has recorded the first-ever drop in mobile voice-call volumes, which it says is down to soaring use of SMS and social networking - especially among the younger crowd
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.
Calls from mobile phones to 0800 numbers could soon be free under new rules put forward by the regulator, which also wants businesses to be clearer about charges for calling TV voting lines and directory enquiries
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
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