Huzzah! 4G is DEFINITELY coming sooner than expected!
It is coming! 4G is finally coming! Following a pow-wow between themselves, Ofcom and the government, the UK’s mobile operators have reached an agreement over how and when 4G technology will be rolled out to an eager nation.
In spite of the planned launch being in autumn of 2013, the roll-out will now take place in spring of next year instead. As a result, O2 and Vodafone have agreed not to go ahead with the jealousy-fuelled legal action that they had planned against EE (T-Mobile and Orange, remember?) after the latter were given a head start in bringing the magical high-speed mobile internet into the skies and streets of our fair land.
The auctions for the airwaves will still take place in January, and there should be no surprises as to who wins in the auctions – especially as said companies will be either be already providing 4G coverage or damn near ready to do so. EE is expected to get things up and running as early as November.
Matthew Howett, an analyst with research firm Ovum, sneered, “After more than five years in the making, finally the schedule to award spectrum for 4G appears to have been agreed.
"In a matter of weeks, the UK has gone from being behind countries such as Angola, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan to one with one of the most ambitious 4G roll-out strategies we have seen.”
Oh god – everything’s going to be alright isn’t it?