O2 has joined Vodafone to cite its disapproval for Everything Everywhere (EE) to release its 4G network by the end of this year. EE, which owns the Orange and T-Mobile networks, has requested that Ofcom allow the launch of their network before its rivals.
With the auction for the 4G spectrum scheduled for next year, O2 is concerned that "Ofcom's proposal to allow one operator to launch 4G early on its existing spectrum is contradictory to its objective of delivering a competitive market environment with four competing players.". Vodafone has also expressed unease, with the statement: "We seriously doubt that consumers' best interests will be served by giving one company a significant head start before any of its competitors have a clear path to 4G."
EE is planning to use its large amount of 1800 Megahertz spectrum to run the 4G service, as this is thought to be well suited to the demands of 4G. It is unlikely that O2, Vodafone and Three will be able to provide 4G without buying more spectrum from the Government.