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Vodafone: Ofcom has 'taken leave of its senses'

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.
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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.

Vodafone's UK chief, Guy Laurence, said that the decision would give Everything Everywhere an advantage in bringing high-speed data services to market before competitors and also leaves the company free to lodge legal delays to the upcoming 4G spectrum auction — planned for later in 2012 — while delivering its own 4G LTE service.

Interested parties have until Thursday to raise concerns about Everything Everywhere's plans with the Ofcom.

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