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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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
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.
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
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.
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