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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
O2, Vodafone and other industry parties have lodged complaints with Ofcom over Everything Everwhere's application to refarm spectrum for 4G use before the end of the year
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
The Ministry of Defence will donate radio spectrum for wireless use by London Olympics organisers and media during the 2012 Olympics.The Ministry of Defence (MoD) will 'lend' spectrum to Ofcom that was slated for public sale in November, a spokesman for the regulator told ZDNet UK on Monday.
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
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".
Ofcom chief Ed Richards has warned operators that the government may change telecoms regulation if constant litigation threats continue to delay the 4G spectrum auction
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.