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.
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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
TalkTalk has maintained its position as the UK's most complained-about broadband provider for the fifth quarter running.The company beat fellow ISPs Sky, BT, Orange and Virgin to hold onto the dubious honour for the first quarter of this year, according to data published by communications regulator Ofcom on Tuesday.
The integration of Orange and T-Mobile's 3G network services is now finished, parent company Everything Everywhere has announced, as a decision from Ofcom on its bid to launch 4G nears
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 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
The company behind the joint venture between Orange and T-Mobile has said it will spend £1.5bn over the course of the next three years bolstering its network and preparing for a 4G rollout
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
Orange and Vodafone are raising their pay-as-you-go voice and text prices, claiming they have been forced to do so by new Ofcom rules designed to make it cheaper to call mobile phones
The regulator's report, which focused on dongle and datacard-based 3G and HSPA connectivity, also showed that seven percent of UK households now use mobile broadband as their only internet connection
The company's landline and broadband services inspired more complaints to the telecoms regulator than those of any other major provider, Ofcom has said
The operator is promising better coverage in London, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester thanks to its new-found ability to refarm 2G spectrum for 3G services
The regulator has told mobile operators to cut charges for receiving calls by around 80 percent, but the operators have threatened to raise pre-pay prices in response
The reuse of 2G spectrum for 3G services, finally allowed by Ofcom as of Thursday, should mean better broadband availability in rural areas and inside buildings
Everything Everywhere, the company formed from the merged operations of T-Mobile UK and Orange UK, has dropped a legal threat against the refarming of 2G spectrum for 3G services.The European Commission and Ofcom are keen to allow spectrum in the 900MHz band, currently used only for GSM voice and text services, to be refarmed for 3G data use.
Mobile broadband providers and ISPs with fewer than 400,000 subscribers will not have to send letters to suspected infringers in the first wave of the crackdown, reports suggest
The UK's largest ISP will fight in court any attempt to force it to disconnect customers for suspected unlawful file-sharing, as outlined in the Digital Economy Act
The telecoms regulator is to dramatically reduce mobile termination rates, but doubts remains over which customers will benefit