Ofcom To Give 4G The 2012 Go Ahead

Ofcom has given 4G the green light for UK domination, thanks to a proposal published by the regulatory body.

An application put forward by the umbrella network covering T-Mobile and Orange, Everything Everywhere, has been agreed by the consumer watchdog agency - allowing their existing spectrum to be used as a means of delivering 4G services nationwide.

"Given the benefits this would bring to consumers, Ofcom is minded to allow this change of use," stated the proposal.

The basic premise is for Everything Everywhere to use the 1800MHz spectrum (which is currently used for 3G) "for LTE and WiMAX use" - keeping in line with the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006.

There seems to be quite a positive reaction to the news so far, with Ofcom going ahead and publishing a notice of intention permitting the changes to be undertaken, listing demand as well as customer demands behind the move:

"LTE/WiMAX services are not currently widely available to citizens and consumers in the UK," the proposal reads.

"There is however widespread demand for mobile data services in the UK, and that demand is growing significantly. The availability of new high-speed mobile data services is likely to bring material benefits to consumers and citizens.

"In particular, we have considered the extent to which the benefits to consumers and citizens which we believe will arise from the availability of new LTE services might be outweighed by any temporary or longer term distortion of competition in such services to the detriment of citizens and consumers."

Should all go to plan and no other parties seek to stake their interest, then we may be seeing 4G sooner than the proposed 2015 deadline as reported last December.

Source: TechRadar