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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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.
The UK authorities have given the operators permission to share towers and masts, as well as the telecoms kit attached, paving the way for 98 percent coverage for 2G, 3G and 4G services within three years.
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 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
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 UK's Competition Commission has backed Ofcom's plans for cutting mobile termination charges, and has agreed with BT that the cuts should go even deeper and arrive sooner
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
Telecoms regulator Ofcom has given permission for UK mobile operators to buy and sell 2G and 3G spectrum between themselves
Everything Everywhere, Telefonica UK and Vodafone UK have teamed up on a new joint venture to make it simpler for people to pay for goods and services using their phones, but Three is out in the cold for now
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.
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 regulator wants to ensure there will be at least four major operators that can wholesale fast mobile broadband connectivity once the upcoming 4G spectrum auction has been completed
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
It's 3 versus Vodafone in the spectrum auction policy face-off...
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
The telecoms regulator has said the government might want to consider extending cellular coverage to the entire UK population with the aim of boosting digital inclusion
From next year, mobile users can take their number to a new network in one working day, half the time allowed now
The telecoms regulator, which failed in its last attempt to shorten the time it takes to transfer a mobile-phone number from one operator to another, has revived the issue