Ofcom to allow 4G to use 2G and 3G spectrum... sod whether you need it
Ofcom has given a green light to mobile operators to reuse 2G and 3G spectrum for their 4G services. This is good news for the likes of O2 and Vodafone, as it means they won't have to formally apply to use their existing resources for 4G.
"This decision delivers a long standing objective to liberalise all mobile licences so as to remove the regulatory barriers to deployment of the latest available mobile technology," Ofcom said.
"Even though operators may not seek to deploy 4G services in the newly liberalised bands in the immediate future, the interests of consumers will be served by the fact that these bands have been liberalised now, ahead of a market led transition to their use for 4G technology in future."
"As a result, operators can plan and implement a transition to 4G technology in these bands without having to engage in a further regulatory process."
Of course, if you still need to use 2G or 3G on your phone, this is dreadful news, as many consumers have found out after EE borked the signal for customers who haven't signed up for 4G yet, leaving them with patchy or non-existent coverage on their phones.
If people's TV signal cocks up, this 4G sell-off could end in riots.