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.
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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.
O2 has accused Ofcom of setting rules for the upcoming 4G spectrum auction that constitute state aid for rivals Everything Everywhere and 3.The "spectrum floor" rules were proposed in an attempt to create competition in the 4G market, by making sure Everything Everywhere, O2, Vodafone and Three would all hold enough 4G spectrum to be able to wholesale some connectivity to smaller 'virtual' operators, such as Tesco Mobile or Virgin Mobile.
Three-quarters of mobile subscribers in the UK are paying an average of £195 too much every year on their contracts, the Ofcom-approved price comparison site Billmonitor has said.According to Billmonitor's national mobile report, UK mobile subscribers waste around £4.
Ofcom has doubled the maximum power limit for 3G mobile phone operators base stations, from 62dBm to 65dBm - in old money, 1.5 kilowatts to three kilowatts, roughly the power of four microwave ovens.
Ofcom proposes the first steps towards a practical implementation of the Digital Economy Act and dealing with downloaders
Ofcom and 3 expressed dismay at the decision by major carriers to suspend the activities of UKPorting, which aimed to speed up the transfer of numbers between networks
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